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Biggby Coffee in Grosse Pointe Farms to Close Doors Dec. 30

New Biggby Coffee to open soon in Grosse Pointe Woods.

 

It's been five and half years of lattes and mochas served up at the Biggby Coffee at 18480 Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe Farms and now it will come to an end on Dec. 30, when the popular coffee spot closes its doors for good.

The coffee house will be open for business until 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 and then open for a reception from 5 - 8 p.m. for all its loyal customers.

Owner Sue Loredo says the closure is not a surprise since earlier building lease negotiations fell through and the lease will not be going forward.

Loredo is brokenhearted about the closure and held off telling her staff right away.

"I was worried about telling them at this time of year...but it would be hard to do this in June or October too," Loredo said.

A clock that hung in the store broke about the time Loredo made the decision to close her doors so she didn't replace it.  Used by staff and customers alike, the clock was sorely missed and was replaced by one of Loredo's loyal customers, who did not know the shop would be closing.

"It's a wonderful thing that my customers are so vested in us and we in them," Loredo said tearfully.

On the bright side, Biggby fans won't have to go far for their favorite cup of joe - a new location will be opening in Grosse Pointe Woods, according to Loredo.

"I think the majority of my kids (employees) will be working there," Loredo explained.  "The new owners are really nice people."

Loredo is unsure what business may occupy her former space but heard that Blufin Sushi in Grosse Pointe Farms may relocate there.  (Patch was unable to confirm this information at the time this article was published via telephone or email.)

As for future business plans, Loredo says although she's close to being ready for retirement, she's always worked and thinks she still wants to for a few more years.

"I think I'm going to take the winter off.  I have two grand babies being born in the next couple of months and I'm going to take time to enjoy them."

Jason R. December 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Sorry to see them go. Does anyone know where the new location in the Woods will be?
Barbara Karle December 27, 2012 at 01:22 PM
So sorry to see your store close. I really have enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff. Your store is always clean and makes wonderful coffee drinks. GREAT JOB SUE !
anthony neme December 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM
That's terrible. I study there all the time. It's close to my home and the staff is the best.
Kathy Abke December 27, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I am sad to lose this Biggby's. Glad another is coming, and hoping it maintains the great atmosphere and service this one had. I'm also glad the employees are starting at the new one.
gerry connolly December 27, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Dear Sue, Know how you feel about your employees Sue but you provided a great place to work and a good learning experience to everyone. We will all miss you and wish you all the best in the New Year. Best, Gerry Connolly-Connolly Travel
Carol Roszka December 28, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Hope you reopen in GPW Sue and BIGBY have been an asset to Grosse Pointe. carol roszka
Bob Carr December 29, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Very sorry to see Biggby's go. It's been my office away from the office since it opened. Such a different atmosphere from Caribou or Starbucks. And my girls simply love going by for creamy Teddy Bears or other frozen drinks. This is such a loss. Best wishes in your journey!
Brian Francis January 04, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Who ones the building? Here is one GPF resident who is sorry to lose a great business and a great neighbor.
Bob Frapples January 04, 2013 at 02:45 PM
It seems like some of you missed the part of the story that says they are closing but will re-open with a new owner just a couple miles north, more than likely even on the same street (Mack Avenue). It's not a "loss for the community" as much as it's just a slightly longer trip for those that live close to the current location. It's not like they're moving to Shelby Township, it's just about 5 minutes away from where it was. I live in The Woods and preferred them over the others and never complained that I had to drive that far, if you like it as much as you say then you shouldn't either.
MRSPirateLarz January 04, 2013 at 02:48 PM
From what I understand, Roslyn and Mack.
Toni Stinson January 04, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Grosse Pointe Woods Building Official Gene Tutag reports that they have not received any paperwork for a new Biggby's in the Woods as of Jan. 4. Woods City Administrator said they would certainly be a welcome addition should they decide to locate in GPW.
John Chronos January 04, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Bob, I for one did get that part. It may be that you are right and each Biggby location fungible and indistinguishable. Or it may be that the outfitting of each store and the people and personality of the owner are unique. If they're like McDonald's, maybe they're all the same; if they're more like Caribou Coffee, maybe they're as different as the location by St. John's is from the location in the Village. Maybe the new location will be better in all ways. Time will tell.
Susan Bristol January 08, 2013 at 12:45 PM
I am very sorry to hear that Biggby's has closed. What a shame. I wish all the people who worked there success in whatever they do next and that the next phase will show itself to them in a short period of time.

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