Under Armour store in Detroit to open April 13

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Frank Witsil , Detroit Free Press 4:13 p.m. ET March 28, 2017 636263018268611537-IMG-IMG-0138.JPG-DG-KP.j-1-.JPG The Under Armour store in downtown Detroit is set to open April 13. The store, which is part of a retail chain that specializes in making and selling high-end sportswear and athletic gear, was announced by the company’s CEO and Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert about four months ago. It will be at 1201 Woodward, not far from rival sportswear retailer Nike, which opened last spring to big crowds and fanfare. Under Armour said Detroit was an ideal location for the company as an “icon of Americana.” Like…

Finley: Mike Ilitch cut path to Detroit’s comeback

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It’s easy to forget in this era of fierce Detroit pride that time when the Motor City was the butt of jokes nationally and self-loathing at home; when it’s future seemed one long downward slope. The Detroit on which Mike Ilitch staked his company’s and personal reputations in 1989 was at its historic low-water mark, while the Little Caesars empire he started 30 years earlier in Garden City was gathering toward the nearly $4 billion pizza-sports-entertainment-gaming giant it is today. The suburbs were the place to be then for a fast growing company, and Little Caesars was comfortable on its…

Construction builds up hope for Detroit’s 2017

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The Detroit News Published 10:33 p.m. ET Jan. 2, 2017 | Updated 8:47 a.m. ET Jan. 3, 2017 (Photo: Todd McInturf / The Detroit News) A string of major construction projects — from a massive hockey arena and street car line down Woodward to the resurrection of the Wayne County jail project — will reshape downtown Detroit in 2017. It’s a flurry of activity and investment that seemed wildly improbable less than a decade ago. But the construction detours and closed sidewalks are a welcome sign of a new era for many who live and work near downtown. “I’m excited…

Albom: Detroit Pistons going back where they belong, in the city

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Does it really matter where a sports team plays? Don’t the New York Giants labor in New Jersey? Don’t the Los Angeles Angels suit up in Anaheim? Yes. But sometimes, sometimes, it truly makes a difference. The Detroit Pistons have been out of Detroit for nearly 40 years. For a decade, they played in a cavernous football stadium in Pontiac. Then they built a lovely but lonely home on empty acreage in Auburn Hills. But basketball is a city game at its core, and there was always a tug to get the Pistons to dribble back. On Tuesday, that tug…

Wojo: Pistons’ move more evidence of a city rebounding

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Detroit — It would’ve been easy, maybe even fiscally prudent, to ignore the allure. Tom Gores could’ve kept the Pistons right where they are, in a nice arena in a comfortable setting, far from the mounting noise. But Gores saw what others saw, and then heard what he had to hear. Growth begets growth, successful businessmen attract successful businessmen. And on a clear day in downtown Detroit, you could see more evidence of a rebound city increasingly united, in historic ways and symbolic ways. The Pistons are moving back downtown, which always made sense from a logistical standpoint, fitting the…

Howes: Pistons’ return home reverses exodus to suburbs

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Daniel Howes , The Detroit News 7:04 a.m. EDT November 1, 2016 636132823157680180-goresBuy Photo (Photo: Daniel Mears / The Detroit News) Tom Gores owns the Detroit Pistons, but the Los Angeles mogul and chairman of Platinum Equity LLC doesn’t appear to be much for playing games. Rarely does a big-league owner use a press conference before the home opener to confirm a deal is “close” to uproot his team from its suburban home in The Palace of Auburn Hills and return to its downtown roots, perhaps by as early as next season. But Gores did exactly that Friday. He says…

Gilbert’s Brush Park plan offers bold new look in Detroit

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John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press 11:42 a.m. EDT June 13, 2016 Photos: Gilbert’s Brush Park plan offers bold new look in Detroit Fullscreen At the corner of Edmund Place and John R. Street in At the corner of Edmund Place and John R. Street in Brush Park in Detroit, this building, designed by LOHA of Los Angeles, is six stories tall stepping down to three stories as it approaches the historic Ransom Gillis mansion on Alfred Street immediately to the south. It will be an apartment building, known in this development as “the flats,” with first floor retail and rooftop…

One Nation: Young, eager unleash Rust Belt economy

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Matthew Dolan, Detroit Free Press 2:56 p.m. EDT June 13, 2016 Challenges facing many of America’s former industrial titans like Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, remain enormous. But a nascent economic rebound is being driven in part by young people. campus martius (Photo: Matthew Dolan) Young people are starting to unbuckle the economic promise of Rust Belt cities. The political and social challenges facing many of America’s former industrial powerhouses like Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore and Pittsburgh remain enormous. But there are nascent signs of rebound, driven in part by youthful entrepreneurs brimming with new ideas. ONE NATION DETROIT: JUNE 15 Hillary…

Detroit events celebrate 150th year of Vernors Ginger Ale

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by Andrew MinegarSaturday, June 4th 2016 DETROIT (AP) – Vernors Ginger Ale is marking its 150th year and a week of events is planned to celebrate in its Detroit hometown. The Detroit Historical Museum ( http://detroithistorical.org ) presents a display of Vernors artifacts Tuesday through June 12. The Detroit Experience Factory leads a sold-out ginger beer crawl June 10 and a Vernors 150th Anniversary Party is June 11 at the Detroit Historical Museum. Vernors is a distinctive ginger ale that’s long been popular in the state. It was created by James Vernor in a Detroit pharmacy following the conclusion of…

Group seeks Detroit music museum, ‘music city’ branding

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Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic 11:08 p.m. EDT April 30, 2016 (Photo: John Froelich, Special to the Free Press) Why doesn’t Detroit take advantage of its vast musical heritage? It’s a question that’s been asked for years by locals and visitors, perplexed that a place widely regarded as one of the world’s historical music capitals does so little to officially celebrate it. Now a high-powered new organization is ready to get the ball rolling, with plans to step up the branding of Detroit as a music center and ultimately construct a downtown museum spotlighting the region’s musical…