L&L Grocery Store is in Receivership

By: News 10
By: News 10

L&L announced today that it has been ordered into a receivership at the request of its financial institution, Citizens Bank.

Martha Levandowski, the chain's brand manger, says L&L has "struggled to compete in the current market conditions."

She also says the abrupt closing of two stores recently was at the orders of the receiver. A third store was closed earlier this year.

Currently, the 79-old-L&L chain operates five stores in Holt, Lansing, Okemos, Haslett and East Lansing. However, Ms. Levandowski says there will probably be "more store closures in the future."

The company employees approximately 300 full and part time workers.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2010 at 04:58 AM
    I have shopped at L & L for years, the problems started when they started expanding all over the place, higher prices, things not always available and poor aditudes by some of the staff, as well as no one likes being pan handled in a store, and management doing nothing. all produce went from good to really bad. I like a lot of others started going to Meijers. Even Kroger had better products than L & L over the past 3 or 4 years. By the way.... Both Meijers and Walmart are American owned.
  • by Ben Location: Holt on Dec 16, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    I like the choice that L&L gives. I can't stand the lines and lack of care and enthusiem that I receive at other stores. Its a sad day for Lansing and for the employees that are at that company. Compitition is good for everybody it makes business better and gives customers choice and value. Now there is less choice, and less people with money to make a choice. Nobody wins.
  • by Cindy Location: Owosso on Dec 16, 2010 at 07:12 PM
    Huh, the way you treat your customers and employees has nothing to do with the store going into receivership? Amazing business philosophy, way to slam dunk it right into the toilet. Way to ruin a wonderful thing built by the Goff's. Maybe they should have taken the Spartan buyout, now Spartan can take it back cheaper.
  • by Jack Location: Holt on Dec 16, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    L&L sells the best meat in the area,,, sad to see them folding up.. You all just keep buying at sams/walmart and makeing the chinese rich, It will bite you in the rear one day and youu will finally see what you have done with your money when the chinese not only own America, but occupy as well. Check the apple juice sams brand sells, its from china and another country, we cant even make apple juice? Think about the little guy suffering while the big companys outsource, An A merican GN plant closed because the Canadians couldnt supply parts, just think about that. Whirlpool makes some appliances in Mexico. While I agree. Union demands are responcible in part, its the American people that buy the product and keep non American products in the market place. Good luck L&L, I hope by some miracle you can survive the competition of non American companys. I will drive to your last store open and do my best to keep a small local icon in business.
  • by Rod Location: East Lansing on Dec 16, 2010 at 04:36 PM
    It was only a matter of time. It is sad when mom and pop stores go out of business. This however is far from sad when you consider the poor attitudes of the employees and managers. I stopped shopping at L&L years ago after numerous complaints went unanswered. Had the Levondowski's done a better job of taking care of their customers then this might not have happened. To the few employees that were good,I am truly sorry for your loss. To the owners of L&L and their less than friendly employees I hope you take away from this experience a lesson. Treat people with respect and dignity and good things will follow.
  • by Karen Location: Okemos on Dec 16, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    Stan and Martha Levandowski are two of the kindest, most generous people I know. L & L has supported numerous worthy causes in the Lansing area over the years in addition to providing employment for hundreds of individuals. I'm very sorry to see this happening. I have shopped at the Okemos store for many years, and without a doubt, their employees are knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly! This is truly a sad day for the Lansing. My prayers are with the Levandowski's and all of their fine co-workers.
  • by Paul Location: Lansing on Dec 16, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    I feel bad for the employees but not for the owners, they have taken advantage of the Lansing area people with thier high prices for years. Way over priced and always out of items when they were put on sale as if they wanted to see the response before they reordered the items not to mention the deli items were not fresh very often. You had to make sure when it was made before you bought it or some times you got it home and the next day it would be bad. Oh well they wont be missed. You cant do your people that way and exspect to have customers.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    THEY ARE DOWN TO FOUR STORES MLK STORE IS GONE AS OF TODAY!
  • by Greg Location: Holt on Dec 16, 2010 at 01:33 PM
    Too bad. Another "little guy" bites the dust.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    This is not really a news flash to anyone doing business with L & L. They haven'y paid bills in months.
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