Back in the early 1980s, Nick Jarbou was looking for a growing, friendly community to start a business – something he had always been interested in pursuing, due in part to his entrepreneurial spirit.
“After looking around at other cities, I saw that Romulus had a lot of potential for growth,” said Nick. “I was lucky to find a building for sale and have been a part of this community ever since.”
When he first opened Ecorse Marketplace in 1983, the market sat on a lot just half the size. In 2014, after 30 years of successful business, Ecorse Marketplace decided to expand. Nick purchased the lot it sits on today, built a brand-new store and added on the gas station.
Located at the corner of Ecorse and Hannan, Ecorse Marketplace is a go-to store for shoppers looking for an all-in-one stop. Residents can fill up their gas tanks at the Shell gas station, buy party favors, pick up groceries, grab a quick bite to eat at Krispy Krunchy Chicken or Saroki’s Pizza, and even grab a hot cup of joe from the Tim Hortons attached.
After running Ecorse Marketplace for 30 years, Nick has come to consider Romulus his home and community members part of his family. Throughout the years, he has seen young customers grow old and bring their children and grandchildren to the store.
Romulus residents have come to know Nick as a valuable member of the community as well. Ecorse Marketplace works closely with the Romulus Police Department, Chamber of Commerce and the City Council to coordinate and support charity efforts. Last year, the Romulus High School band presented Nick with a plaque to recognize and celebrate his ongoing contributions.
Long-time fans of Ecorse Marketplace will be pleased to hear Nick plans to be in Romulus for the long haul, with future plans to expand when the right opportunity arises.