Retail Business Booming in Mid-Michigan

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Retail Business Booming in Mid-Michigan

By FOX 47 News . CREATED Feb 25, 2014

The secret is out...

Mid-Michigan's first Apple store is coming to Eastwood Towne Center. It'll be the fifth store in Michigan and the largest - a big win for Lansing Township.

"They had a choice where they wanted to come in the market. To choose Eastwood clearly sends a message to other upscale retailers, Eastwood is a good choice," said Director of Planning and Development, Steve Hayward.

So is Greater Lansing. Along with Apple, H&M and Whole Foods have made headlines, announcing their first regional locations in Meridian Township.

Bob Trezise of LEAP points to population growth, MSU and growing companies like Niowave and Jackson National Life as the driving force behind the interest.

"All these factors I think have built up and added up to where, now, we're a region that is respected and understood as being a national player in economic development," he said.

Development that is well underway or close to it. Demolition of the Whole Foods site is expected to take place in the next few weeks, with construction starting soon after. At that point it should only be five or six months before doors open.

Fresh off a newly-opened Longhorn Steakhouse, Delta Township hopes a new movie theater will help bring life to the Saginaw corridor.

"That's going to breathe new life into the mall, bring in a lot of new foot traffic and bring some other businesses in," said Township Supervisor, Ken Fletcher.

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