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Nike is Coming, and They're not Alone:Curbed Maps Detroit's Retail Renaissance

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Today, Crain's all but confirmed the arrival of the long-rumored Nike Community Store in Detroit. The athletic shoe and clothing retailer applied for certification for a Detroit retail space from the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. According to Crain's, the building, located at 1261 Woodward Ave, is undergoing renovation now, and is owned by Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services. While neither Bedrock or Nike will confirm details beyond these, the store's long-discussed arrival would add Nike to brands like John Varvatos, Carhartt and Restoration Hardware, who also have plans for a new store in Detroit.

Last year, Crain's also noted that retail rents downtown area have more than doubled since 2011, increasing from $10 or so pre square foot to $20 to $26 per square foot. Dan Gilbert, whose buildings house five of the nine retail institutions we've profiled in the map, owns 12.5 million square feet of commercial real estate, much of it near Campus Martius downtown. According to the Detroit News, Gilbert's companies have invested over $1.7 billion in 70 downtown Detroit properties.


·Just D it: Nike LEED Application Points to 19,500-Square Foot Store [Crain's Detroit Business]
·Restoration Hardware Coming to Detroit [Detroit News]
·Upscale Restoration Hardware coming to Woodward [Detroit News]
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·Carhartt Opens Detroit Flagship in Historic Midtown Building
[Curbed Detroit]
·Name [Curbed Detroit]
·Previewing the Action on Detroit's Avenue of Fashion [Curbed Detroit]
·Free Press Marks Gilbert's 5th Anniversary in Downtown Detroit [Curbed Detroit]

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1. Nike Community Store (announced)

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1261 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

Nike's planned community store will occupy the first floor of Woodward Ave building that also houses the Lofts at Merchants Row luxury apartments.

2. John Varvatos Detroit

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1500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 437-8095
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The former Wright-Kay building became Detroit-born and bred designer Vavatos' Motor City flagship store in early 2015.

3. Carhartt

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5800 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 831-1274
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Formerly the headquarters of Cass Motor Sales, Carhartt's new flagship, open in late August 2015 has over 51,000-square foot of space.

4. Moosejaw

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1275 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 938-3605
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Outdoor clothes retailer Moosejaw opened a Detroit store in the same block as the just-announced Nike store. March 2013. Like the proposed Nike spot, this building is owned by Bedrock Real Estate Services/Dan Gilbert.

5. Nojo Kicks

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1220 Library St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 656-4402
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This local high-end kicks store opened in 2014, garnering attention with displays of $8500-pairs of sneakers worn and signed by Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

6. Restoration Hardware (upcoming)

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1217 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

Restoration Hardware is working with Bedrock to transform space in the Dan Gilbert-owned former Kresge department building into an outlet store for the luxury retailer. No word on specific plans yet, but the Freep claims it's a done deal.

7. Orleans + Winder

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2501 Russell St #200
Detroit, MI 48207

Orleans + Winder's new Detroit flagship store in Eastern Market officially opens on Sept 24, 2015. Orleans + Winder will feature high-end clothing and home décor pieces, many of them handmade. The new store has an 1,800 square foot showroom.

8. Avenue of Fashion

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19000 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

The Avenue of Fashion in northwest Detroit (Livernois, between 7 and 8 Miler) is a cooperative effort among retail stores on the street. Aiming to be a center for clothing retail in Detroit, the Avenue of Fashion is paid for by more than 100 business owners in the area. It's a fun place to shop, with lots of great restaurants nearby, too.

9. Pure Detroit

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3011 W Grand
Detroit, MI 48238

Retailer of all things Detroit from locally-designed clothes to Germack nuts and Sanders chocolates. Pure Detroit's flagship store is also in the historic Fisher Building, so patrons can spend time inside a deco masterpiece while the browse.

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1. Nike Community Store (announced)

1261 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Nike's planned community store will occupy the first floor of Woodward Ave building that also houses the Lofts at Merchants Row luxury apartments.

1261 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

2. John Varvatos Detroit

1500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

The former Wright-Kay building became Detroit-born and bred designer Vavatos' Motor City flagship store in early 2015.

1500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

3. Carhartt

5800 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Formerly the headquarters of Cass Motor Sales, Carhartt's new flagship, open in late August 2015 has over 51,000-square foot of space.

5800 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

4. Moosejaw

1275 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Outdoor clothes retailer Moosejaw opened a Detroit store in the same block as the just-announced Nike store. March 2013. Like the proposed Nike spot, this building is owned by Bedrock Real Estate Services/Dan Gilbert.

1275 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Nojo Kicks

1220 Library St., Detroit, MI 48226

This local high-end kicks store opened in 2014, garnering attention with displays of $8500-pairs of sneakers worn and signed by Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

1220 Library St.
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Restoration Hardware (upcoming)

1217 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Restoration Hardware is working with Bedrock to transform space in the Dan Gilbert-owned former Kresge department building into an outlet store for the luxury retailer. No word on specific plans yet, but the Freep claims it's a done deal.

1217 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Orleans + Winder

2501 Russell St #200, Detroit, MI 48207

Orleans + Winder's new Detroit flagship store in Eastern Market officially opens on Sept 24, 2015. Orleans + Winder will feature high-end clothing and home décor pieces, many of them handmade. The new store has an 1,800 square foot showroom.

2501 Russell St #200
Detroit, MI 48207

8. Avenue of Fashion

19000 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

The Avenue of Fashion in northwest Detroit (Livernois, between 7 and 8 Miler) is a cooperative effort among retail stores on the street. Aiming to be a center for clothing retail in Detroit, the Avenue of Fashion is paid for by more than 100 business owners in the area. It's a fun place to shop, with lots of great restaurants nearby, too.

19000 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

9. Pure Detroit

3011 W Grand, Detroit, MI 48238

Retailer of all things Detroit from locally-designed clothes to Germack nuts and Sanders chocolates. Pure Detroit's flagship store is also in the historic Fisher Building, so patrons can spend time inside a deco masterpiece while the browse.

3011 W Grand
Detroit, MI 48238