Previously, Detroit was the epicenter for shopping in the region. The iconic Hudson’s Department Store served Detroiters for more than 90 years, and the store brought shopping and dining to the Woodward and Gratiot Avenue corridors. For a few decades, the retail sector in the city was almost non-existent. Luckily, Detroit’s recent revitalization is providing a great opportunity for retailers to repopulate empty storefronts.
Nation-wide retailers like Lululemon, Nike, Under Armour, Moosejaw, Warby Parker, and many others have opened locations on Woodward Ave. But what other retailers are needed to bring Detroit back to a regional shopping epicenter?
With the lack of clothing versatility, stores like H & M, Zara, Forever 21, Gap, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Athleta, L.L. Bean, Victoria’s Secret, and Express would certainty thrive.
Big Box Retail
Retailers like Macy’s, Target, and Meijer would fill the current void of “one-stop shops”.
Opening an Apple or Microsoft store would support the growing Detroit business sector.
Having unique retailers like Peloton, Pandora, Sephora, Sugarfina, Sunglass Hut, and Lush would round out Detroit’s retail scene.
With endless redevelopment opportunities, which retailers will move in next?
By Allecia Jurkiewicz
Senior Research Associate, JMJ Phillip Group