Stores in the spotlight

MENARDS SIGN

Menards opening in Trader's Pointe begins discussion of others coming to Taylor

Build it and they will come? Sounds like it. As Menards opened, the anchor of new 83-acre Trader’s Pointe development near Eureka Road and the I-75, many other key moves were in the making, not the least of which was a second big box retailer on that site

As customers fill Menards’ parking lot, here’s an update:

  • BJ’s Wholesale Club is also moving into Trader’s Pointe, near Menards.
  • Crunch Fitness is moving into the old Farmer Jack’s location in the Taylor Commons Shopping Center on Ecorse Road.
  • Bubba’s 33, an offshoot of Texas Roadhouse, returns to the list of new businesses in the Eureka corridor, too. Previously announced but then delayed, Bubba’s is scheduled to build a 7,100-square-foot facility in the Burlington Square Shopping Center, in an out lot near Art Van’s.
  • A 6,600-square-foot Goddard Road retail strip center is being built in the Home Depot-Dunham’s out lot, which will be home to a restaurant and two other retailers.
  • Another new retail center will be built on the northeast corner of Racho and Eureka It will house three tenants and work is already underway.
  • Citizen's Bank is renovating 3,200-square-foot building at the southeast corner of Allen & Goddard., and will add stylish Downtown Development Authority-style black iron fencing, additional landscaping and a new corner entranceway feature sign.
  • Even the historic old Big Boy Restaurant on Telegraph Road is getting into the fray. It is currently undergoing a total renovation, not unlike several others along Telegraph Road.

As previously announced, the Dog Haus, a casual restaurant (featuring hog dogs and beer), will be located on west side of Pardee Road between Superior and Eureka, while Taco John's, another eatery with drive-through service, will be located just south of the Dog Haus on the old USA Fitness property. Nearby, Hilton’s Home2Suites is building a 63,206-square-foot, four-story hotel, with 96 rooms and a future restaurant.

“This is all tremendous news for Taylor,” Mayor Rick Sollars said. “When I attended the Menards’ opening and spoke with their staff, they told me how excited they were to be in Taylor – but I admitted to them that they had no idea how excited our residents and others in the Downriver area were to have them.

“Menards is a huge piece of this Taylor business revival, but there is so much more. There are new businesses to Michigan like BJ’s Warehouse Club. Crunch Fitness will help rehabilitate the old Taylor Commons Shopping Center, where the old Farmer’s Jack has been nothing but an eyesore. And the great thing is that we’re not only seeing new investment, but key reinvestment. Our existing businesses are jumping right in and improving themselves.”

For residents who were longing for a Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club is just as good, if not better. The 97,000-square-foot building will offer a gas station for members. Memberships are $50 annually and BJ’s offers a free household card, which means that second member of the household receives a membership for free. Headquartered in Westborough, MA, BJ’s is a leading operator on the East Coast. The company currently operates over 210 clubs in 16 states from Maine to Florida and employs more than 25,000.

On the northern end of the community along Ecorse Road, there will be more than just a fitness center moving into the Taylor Commons Shopping Center. Crunch Fitness will move into the portion of what used to be a Farmer Jack’s, it will be divided to suit other prospective tenants. And the entire complex will be renovated, with a badly needed new color scheme and design.

Crunch Fitness already has locations in Westland, Farmington Hills and Dearborn. Many of its locations are located in Ontario, with others in surrounding states. It offers memberships starting from $9.95 monthly, and offers everything from weight and cardio opportunities to personal training and an assortment of classes.

As other developments begin to move forward, Menards opened with a low-key ceremony. As part of it, the company had a two-by-four signed by the various officials on hand and then cut in half by Mayor Sollars -- a cutting of the "ribbon," so to speak. The two-by-four will eventually be displayed inside the store.

Menards' General Manager Chris Fisher remarked that everyone on staff had been "busting tail for seven weeks to get ready.” Assistant Operations Manager Dave Harrington remarked that the facility was Menards' "biggest, newest prototype store" and the first of its kind in Michigan.

If it doesn’t look good enough, just look in all directions for more new businesses on the way.

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