By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Merchant’s Fine Wine, 22250 Michigan Ave., will close for good in mid-July, according to a news post on its website.
Co-owner John Lossia said in the post written by the Detroit Free Press that he was retiring. After a 50-year career in wine he said that “retirement is a good thing because everyone deserves to have a retirement and enjoy,”
Lossia owns the Dearborn store with his wife, Gail. Merchant’s Fine Wine was founded in 1994, according to its website. It sold 80 different beer styles, elite wines, imported products and premium spirits.
Lossia along with Ed and John Jonna founded the first Merchant of Vino store in 1975 in Troy. Other locations opened in Southfield and Birmingham, but in 1997 the name and stores were sold to Whole Foods Market in a $41.2 million stock deal.
Five years alter, Whole Foods began eliminating the shops.
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