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Arbor Update rounds up the regional retail scene.
Seven downtown stores are closing or moving out—Ehnis and Sons, Afterwords, Seychelle, Love From Michigan, Forma, Moderno, Tabor Hill Winery, the east half of John Leidy, Shayani Rugs, and Options 4.
Despite the gloomy Michigan economic outlook, retail is still coming to the Ann Arbor area. Friday’s Ann Arbor News includes a story on the announcement of 20 new tenants for the Brighton-area lifestyle center, Green Oak Village Place.
Even closer to home, two recent outcomes on big-box retail proposals have garnered controversy. Wal-Mart, having eyed Ann Arbor for several years, closed the deal on a Pittsfield Township development on February 2. Pittsfield township board members may face a recall for not bargaining hard enough with the retailer.
Meanwhile, not-so-evil big-box retailer Costco withdrew from talks to develop a store on Zeeb Road in Scio Township. Citizens opposed the development because it was inconsistent with the township’s zoning, which called for concentrating retail development on Jackson Road.
UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press follows up with a story on big-box battles throughout Southeast Michigan, including Pittsfield Township.
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