Bombay Grocers

Bombay Grocers is an Indian foods store on Packard near Platt with a densely packed selection of dry goods, spices, frozen foods, rice and some fresh vegetables.

3010 Packard Road, Ann Arbor MI; 734-971-7707

Has yoghurt that contains only milk and bacteria.

In the news

An Indian grocery is moving forward with plans to expand on the east side of Ann Arbor - but instead of building a new store, Bombay Grocers will move a few doors west into an existing storefront. Owners Mukesh and Bharti Patel bought the 8,000-square-foot building most recently home to Fantasy Attic on Packard, just east of Platt Road, in early March.

Every inch of its towering white shelves is packed with Indian and Pakistani bulk foods and spices. Don't shop hungry: the aroma of cardamom, cinnamon and cumin fills the two tiny isles, triggering visions of steaming curry and masala dishes. And it's no wonder. Bombay Grocers has a wall of spices spanning half the store's length.

But don't fret. They're not leaving, they're just moving. Their business has grown in the last year and they have, in turn, outgrown their building.

Mukesh Patel, co-owner of Bombay Grocers, is planning to build the new store off Packard near Creek Drive, less than 100 yards away from his current site. The one-story structure is expected to cost $500,000 and have 16 parking spaces.

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The first thing I noticed about this small Indian and Pakastani grocery store was that it smelled delicious.