GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores has closed two of the three Valu Land stores it opened in the metro Detroit area.


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The stores, in Roseville and Dearborn, were open for a less than a year when they closed Dec. 7, sources told SN. Spartan officials were not available for comment.

The company considers its discount Valu Land format as a “test concept.” Dennis Eidson, Spartan’s chief executive officer, in a recent conference call said the Detroit market was “challenging” and that sales performance there was “lumpy.”

Spartan opened the Roseville Valu Land last December. The Dearborn location opened in February. Spartan continues to operate a Detroit area Valu Land in Warren, Mich., along with five other locations in Central and Northern Michigan.

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