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Retailers Head for Exits in Detroit
Shopping Becomes a Challenge as Auto-Industry Collapse Adds to City's Woes
DETROIT -- They call this the Motor City, but you have to leave town to buy a Chrysler or a Jeep.
Borders Inc. was founded 40 miles away, but the only one of the chain's bookstores here closed this month. And Starbucks Corp., famous for saturating U.S. cities with its storefronts, has only four left in this city of 900,000 after closures last summer.
Detroit's Retail Exodus
Fabrizio Costantini for the Wall Street Journal
Lochmoor Chrysler Jeep on Detroit's East Side has stopped selling Chrysler products, one of the 789 franchises Chrysler is dropping from its retail network.
There was a time early in the decade when downtown Detroit was sprouting new cafes and shops, and residents began to nurture hopes of a rebound. But lately, they are finding it increasingly tough to buy groceries or get a cup of fresh-roast coffee as the 11th largest U.S. city struggles with the recession and the auto-industry crisis.
No national grocery chain operates a store here. A lack of outlets that sell fresh produce and meat has led the United Food and Commercial Workers union and a community group to think about building a grocery store of its own.
Community and backyard gardens play an important role in the City of Detroit. They provide thousands of pounds of fresh, nutritious produce for Detroit families and they improve communities by connecting neighbors, providing an alternative to trash strewn vacant lots, improving property values and reducing crime.
In an effort to maximize these benefits, the Detroit Agriculture Network, Earthworks Garden/Capuchin Soup Kitchen, The Greening of Detroit and Michigan State University have teamed up to help provide access to resources and educational opportunities for community, school and family gardeners.
Meanwhile, the former Lochmoor Chrysler Jeep is now Lochmoor Automotive Group, a used-car dealership and repair shop. Gina Russo, daughter of the dealer's longtime owner, is being groomed to take over the family business. She has agreed to start selling small pickup trucks made by India's Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Originally posted by Totalstranger
well there are Krogers. Meijer, Buschs, ......does it need to be national? if you mean within city limits then thats the scum who make detroit unlivable's fault. I bet 99% of you people who post about Detroit have never been there or would be scared to go there. pathetic. we are the modern Vandals here, and we'll take your innocence and soul baby!!!
(CNN) -- If an e-mail popped up in your inbox promising a house for $100, you'd expect to see it sent from a guy in Nigeria asking you to wire him several thousand dollars first. Zeb Smith lies on his front lawn and spends a quiet afternoon with his neighbors. Zeb Smith lies on his front lawn and spends a quiet afternoon with his neighbors. Click to view previous image 1 of 3 Click to view next image But this depressed housing market dream is real. And Detroit, Michigan, artist Jon Brumit and his wife, Sarah, are living it. The couple never counted on owning a home. "It's not that we have a little money," Jon Brumit said, laughing. "I'm saying we have no money." But the couple began entertaining the idea of a permanent nest when their friends Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert, also artists, started taking advantage of foreclosures in the city, where the average home price dipped to $11,533 in April, according to the Detroit Association of Realtors. Dragging down the average are homes that are long abandoned or foreclosed on that are selling for pennies on the dollar. Detroit already had the lowest market value houses in Michigan before the latest rounds of job losses at GM and other huge employers, market analysts say. "Those artists are doing a good thing; they are at least helping to stabilize neighborhoods that would be all but lost," said Mike Shedlock, an investment adviser who blogs frequently about Detroit's economy.
Originally posted by whiteraven
Pavil as a [former?] resident of Detroit could you shed your interpretation of the city as well as what you see as areas of hope and promise for those who live in crumbling urban environments.
We are currently hiring for over 3,000 new positions in our 77 Detroit Metro Area stores, including our 19 new Kroger locations listed below. At Kroger we are dedicated to the communities we serve and continue to invest in a strong future for Michigan. Kroger is a union shop offering great jobs with competitive pay and benefits.
reply posted on 7-1-2008 @ 01:53 AM by smirkley
Was there for around a year, about two years ago.
Nothing in this thread surprises me. Nothing seems exaggerated at all.
Nothing more scary than being on 6-Mile Road. (day or night)
Glad I am gone,...
...and now I can see why our car companies in America are doing so bad, ...
..because they cant leave Detroit either.
Originally posted by JaxonRoberts
Maybe not within the city limits, but there are several chain grocery stores in the Detroit area. Most of the area population lives in the 'burbs, so it makes sense that the stores would be concentrated there.