Market owner gives thanks back to customers for Thanksgiving

Mike Kizy, the owner of Sam’s Market at Fleming and Commor, is giving away 400 Thanksgiving meals next Wednesday (Nov. 21) to show appreciation to his customers.



By Charles Sercombe
For 45 years Mike Kizy and his family have operated Sam’s Market at Commor and Fleming.
It’s probably not going out on a limb to say that this is the longest operating family market in town. Many of Hamtramck’s longtime neighborhood grocery stores have closed during the past 10 to 20 years.
There is now a whole slew of new independently owned markets throughout town – most of which are owned by Bengali and Yemeni community members.
Kizy, who is now 62 years old, credits his business longevity to constantly upgrading his store, adding new shelving, new flooring, new coolers and keeping the place clean and pleasant.
It’s a one-stop shop here where you can get fresh produce, meats and chicken, canned goods, beverages, household supplies – you name it.
Many folks who shop here stop by daily, picking up food for what they will make for the day.
In a gesture of thanks and support, Kizy will once again hold a Thanksgiving meal next Wednesday (Nov. 21), starting at about 1 p.m. and going until the food runs out.
“We love our people, and we try to give back to them,” Kizy said.
Kizy’s wife, Terry, is making 400 takeout dishes, so there should be plenty to go around.
As for the name of the market, Kizy said it was named after his older brother, who is now retired.
As for the future, it looks like Kizy is the end of the line. His kids are doctors and professionals and have no desire to take up the family business.
Kizy has no retirement plans.
“They (the customers) depend on us, we depend on them,” Kizy said.

Nov. 16, 2018

2 Responses to Market owner gives thanks back to customers for Thanksgiving

  1. Nick Konke

    November 17, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Mike. I miss the store him and Sam always treated me great when I lived there and went there almost daily for many years. They always said hello and asked how you were doing by your 1st name. Whenever I get back home to Hamtramck which isn’t often now since my Dad passed away 7 months ago I stop in to say Hello. Also the employees are great. Keep up the great work and thank you for doing the Thanksgiving dinners.

  2. John Dory

    November 22, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Kudos to Mike for his generosity!

    Keep up the good work!

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