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Jo-Ann Fabric and Bed, Bath & Beyond to Open Spring 2012

New stores will fill the former Farmer Jack building.

In spring 2012, White Lake Township will be home to a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and a Bed, Bath & Beyond outlet.

The two businesses will fill the former Farmer Jack building along M-59, near Fisk Road.

The site will be redeveloped, according to township planner Sean O'Neil, and split into two storefronts.

"We are incredibly excited to have that vacant building filled with two well-known and popular businesses," O'Neil said.

The property had been vacant for more than five years, after the Farmer Jack chain was shut down. Since that time, the rumor mill has steadily churned out whispers of stores that might fill the space.

"We couldn't be happier to have these two businesses coming into the township," Supervisor Greg Baroni said. "You normally have to drive out to Novi or Auburn Hills to go to either of these stores. Having them located in White Lake will be a great convenience for our residents."

Baroni said, so far, the reaction to the news has been positive.

"When we look to attract businesses to the township, we try to listen to our residents and bring in stores they frequent," he said. "We've had extremely positive feedback about Jo-Ann Fabric and Bed, Bath & Beyond."

O'Neil said the two anchors will also likely help to boost the smaller, local businesses located within White Lake Plaza.

"It's a win-win," he said. "These business will attract customers from White Lake and the surrounding area and bring more foot traffic to that plaza."

In addition to Jo-Ann Fabric and Bed, Bath & Beyond, the next year will bring several new businesses to the township, Baroni said. However, he said he couldn't elaborate because contracts haven't been signed yet.

Both Baroni and O'Neil said the township is pushing to fill vacant storefronts in White Lake.

"We always talk about development, but I think striking a balance between development and redevelopment is key," O'Neil said. "To be able to attract business to vacant properties and have them redeveloped is key to our growth and local economy."

Redevelopment of the Farmer Jack site will begin in the fall with improvements to the building facade and parking lot.

Susan White July 27, 2011 at 02:45 PM
I had heard something quite a while ago about a Hobby Lobby coming to the area. I have been really really hoping this was true as I like these stores a lot better than other craft stores I have been to. Any news on that possibility?
Brooke Tajer July 27, 2011 at 02:52 PM
I have not heard that Susan. I do know there will be some additional businesses coming to the township, but specifics can't be released to me until contracts are signed. As soon as I hear anything, I will let you know.
Anne Seebaldt July 27, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Very exciting. White Lake's a tiny bit closer for me than the Brighton locations of these stores.
Andrea Schwartz February 17, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Doesn't look like anything's going on are we still going to have a Joann's and Bed Bath & Beyond? Springs not far off.
Brooke Tajer February 17, 2012 at 06:51 PM
We are, they've been working on construction on the inside of the building.
Paige Gouine February 24, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Is there a way to apply to work at one of these two stores?! -Paige
Brooke Tajer February 24, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Great question Paige. I would check their respective websites. I know both are targeting an opening date in April or May so there will likely be more information in the next month or two. I will be sure to keep you posted.
Alan Stamm August 07, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Eleven days after your report, Crain's Detroit Business posts five paragraphs on this today. Score another one for Patch!

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