Campbell’s Needs Us – and They Have Great Groceries AND Gifts

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Campbell's is located near the Broad Museum, with easy parking out back.

Campbell’s Market Basket needs our patronage now. The disappearance of MSU students, staff, and faculty from downtown East Lansing has been really tough on the relatively new local business. Owner Ken Campbell tells ELi,  the store is going through “some of the slowest business we have experienced to date.” 

If you want this truly local grocery to stay with us, patronize them now.

Gary Caldwell for ELi

Photo taken before the pandemic; now the staff are all masked-up.

Campbell notes that, “In addition to shopping in store, we are keeping our contact-free services around for good, that includes curbside pick-up and now free delivery on all local grocery orders. Our new beer and wine department is now available for online ordering and delivery as well.”

And they do gift baskets!

“Tis the season for gift giving,” says Campbell, and so “we offer pre-made and custom holiday gift baskets, fruit baskets made to order, and can gift wrap any beer and wine in store. Gift cards are available in store and online and make a great holiday gift.”

Ken Campbell grew up in East Lansing and believes in outstanding customer service. I’ll admit that sometimes when I’m working on a tough report for ELi, I take a break and go walk down to Campbell’s to get some groceries just because I know Ken and his staff will always greet me by name with a smile.

Our own Ann Nichols discovered Campbell’s because of the shut-down and once she went, she loved it. In her Ann About Town column, she described Campbell’s as “a local market where the owners remembered and valued us as customers.”

I go there all the time to buy fruits and vegetables, wine, basic dry good staples (soy sauce, rice, mayonnaise, canned beans), lemon-infused olive oil, humus from Jerusalem Bakery, bread from Stone Circle, those insanely addictive corn chips from Ann Arbor, and eggs so fresh they may well outlive me.

Gary Caldwell for ELi

At Campbell’s, you can find plenty of staples, obtain locally-produced foods (including dairy, syrup, and produce), and even grind fresh nut-butters.

I have also loved buying little blooming houseplants there to cheer myself up during the shut-down.

Stop by (if you drive, you can park right behind the shop in the Bailey Street lot), go online, or just call the store at (517) 977-1068. Whichever method you choose – in-person, by phone, or online – you’ll get great service from local people who care.

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