This Is One Of The Oldest Family-Owned Grocery Stores In The US

Correction 9/2/22: A previous version of this article stated Doud's is the oldest family-run grocery store in the U.S.

Where would we be without the good old family-run grocery store? These faithful businesses offer affordable food staples, grab 'n' go items, local fare, and the beverages that we rely on. According to TripAdvisor, Doud's Market is the number one specialty food market in Mackinac Island, Michigan. It is also one of the oldest grocery stores in America. Reviews of the food market on TripAdvisor are nearly all positive, with the store's ranking of 4.5 stars. One reviewer raves, "You can get anything you want at Doud's Market! Doud's has been a staple on Mackinac Island for decades and is well-stocked."

According to the store's website, Doud's Market was established in 1884, stocking its shelves and providing quality customer service now for over 130 years. PerĀ WRKR 107.7 FM, the family-run grocery store was opened by brothers James and Patrick Doud of Mackinac Island. They originally named the store Doud's Bros., then the name was changed to Doud's Mercantile. Today, the fourth generation owner, Andrew Doud, operates Doud's Market. Customers can take a walk through Doud's history while shopping by looking at historic images of the store which line its walls.

Doud's Market & Deli

Doud's Market is filled with fresh selections along with its incredible history. According to OnlyInYourState, Doud's Market expanded to include Doud's Market and Deli. The deli carries breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare, along with pizza, snacks, beverages, and pre-made sandwiches. It is a quick in-and-out experience just steps away from Shepler's Dock. The Doud family encourages visitors to stop by for their picnic staples before a fun day on Mackinac Island.

The Little Luxuries of Mackinac blog states that the Doud family worked with local artist, Kate Dupre, to create a Picnic Map of Mackinac Island. The map can be viewed at the Doud's Market and Deli and Little Luxuries. They encourage locals and visitors alike to have a picnic at one or more of the featured scenic picnic spots on Mackinac Island. The Doud family welcomes all, saying, "We hope that Doud's Market can be a part of your experience!"