July 2021 Biz Buzz

The future is here! The former Lucky’s Market site is being turned into the 4M City Club, a co-working company that focuses on creating a “15-minute” neighborhood. The 33,000-square-foot location will be divided into four sections to create a co-working space. The space is planning to have a grocery market, restaurant, and space to practice yoga. Access to the 4M City Club will require either a day pass or the lease of a desk or office space. This club will work as the sister to 4M’s co-living and co-working campus, which is right across the street. 1919 S. Industrial Hwy., Ann Arbor. 734-636-1562. prentice4m.com/4mcityclub.

Whittaker Road is seeing some new changes with the addition of Pet Supplies Plus. After the puppy boom during the pandemic, there’s been a new call for more pet stores. The location is operated and led by Michigan Native Chelsea Pavuk. The store opened on June 25 and is ready to serve the community and their sweet, furry friends! 2064 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-838-4196. petsuppliesplus.com.

The Washington Prime Group LLC has filed bankruptcy, impacting a few of the local small malls in our area. Washington Prime Group is a real estate investment trust that owns and operates Arbor Hills and other enclosed malls and strip shopping centers across the US. That’s not to say we will lose this mall, but Washington Prime Group is working on restructuring its debt to ensure its malls stay open. Keep an eye out for more updates as things unfold.

The Weight Watches on Ann Arbor-Saline has closed. After a tough year, the business has decided to close many of its storefronts. At the beginning of the pandemic, Weight Watchers went through a mass firing, which led to a lot of the stores closing up. There is a rumor that it may restructure and reopen under a new name, but nothing is set in stone at this time.

Although Espresso Royale is gone (and we deeply miss it), M-36 Coffee Roasters has been seen moving into the old Espresso Royale on S. University in Ann Arbor. When Espresso Royale closed, many were devastated at the loss of their favorite coffee place. However, M-36 Coffee Roasters has picked up right where Espresso Royale left off! Hopefully, they’ll be able to carry on the Espresso Royale tradition. 1101 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor. M36coffeeroasters.com.

Pointless Brewery & Theatre closed this past month. Originally, the brewery closed its physical location in September but tried to stay open by offering virtual improvisation classes. Unfortunately, cofounder Jason Tomalia announced in May that the current season of Pointless’s classes was its last. 

Additionally, Bookbound Bookstore will be closing its doors. After eight years, owners Peter and Megan Blackshear are ready to move to the next chapter in their lives. COVID prevented the store from letting patrons in and regretfully informed everyone that they won’t be open in time to let people in before their permanent closure. However, their website does say that they’re fairly certain a new bookstore will take its place.

A new Great Clips location will be popping up in Scio Township on July 31. The location is said to have seven or eight stylists and is able to seat 12 customers at a time. Great Clips currently has ten salons in Washtenaw County. Additionally, the new location is looking to fill three additional styling positions. Either call or visit online to apply. 5609 Jackson Rd., Suite B, Ann Arbor. 734-660-1946. greatclips.com.

Knight’s Market is expanding! The Southside market is now open, giving you more chances to pick up the awesome meat and foods from Knight’s. The new location will have prepared meals, soups, salads, and all the other offerings you’d expect from Knight’s Kitchen and Catering. Additionally, hand-cut fresh meats from the original market, homemade bakery 9items, and desserts will be easily at your hands. 3660 Plaza Dr., Suite 5, Ann Arbor. 734-222-9210. knightsrestaurants.com.

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