Fruit market re-opens 'bigger and better' after arson

Ken's Fruit Market reopens

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Ken's Fruit Market on Plainfield reopened on Thursday, April 13, after being closed for more than six months.

In in September 2016, an arsonist set a stack of straw-bales on fire outside the building, causing significant damage that caused owners to close the location at 3500 Plainfield Avenue NE.

Related: Ken's Fruit Market on Plainfield catches fire

"The fire was contained outside, but all the smoke came-in thru the vents and covered our entire store," Alex Court, son of Ken, said. "We came-in that morning and thought that we would clean-up and be open in a couple of weeks -- we didn't think it would be taken down and re-built."

It took seven months to re-build the market, but reopened "bigger and better."

The original Plainfield location was opened in 2012.

"I think the whole brick and mortar store, the local farmers market, locally owned, is the thing right now," Court said. Many of Ken's Fruit Market's products are locally grown or made.

"And knowing we go out to Fruitridge and pick-up our own apples or peaches -- that what means a lot to people right now."

It took a long time, but Alex and his family are grateful to have loyal customers who keep coming back to their store.

The Plainfield Fire Department ruled the fire as arson, but no one was ever arrested for the crime.

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