West Michigan family business for sale after 100+ years

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — A family business that has called the West Michigan lakeshore home for more than 100 years is now up for sale.

Fortino’s Old World Market was opened in 1907, and now Rita Fortino hopes another family takes the business over and keeps the Italian culture and Old World feel alive.

“We’re starting a next generation, we’re going to visit the kids, the seven grandkids,” she said.

Fortino said they wanted to make the announcement in the summer to let their seasonal tourist customers know.

“To the town, to the mayor, to the council members who have supported us all the way back for 107 years: God bless you all, thank you all and I hope you’ll help us to embrace this and to make this a new beginning,” she said.

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