Two more retailers are leaving the Village: Blockbuster and Bellissima Boutique, according to a Village Facebook post this week.
The departure of both retailers is just a hint at the various changes that have transpired in the Village in the last year and changes yet to come.
Blockbuster's closure is part of a larger corporate decision to close nearly 300 stores throughout the country by parent company Dish Network. The company has been losing sales to video-on demand services, leading to the reduction in stores and employees, according to a report by Wall Street Journal.
The Village Facebook post states Bellissima Boutique is leaving the Village to relocate on Mack Avenue.
Meanwhile in a meeting earlier this month for members of the former Village Association, news of a new restaurant, a new hardware store and a quick-stop hair salon were shared. Patch is attempting to gather more information.
Among the more recent changes in the Village, several stores have shifted locations and more shifts are imminent.
The Grosse Pointe Art Center, which only spent about four months in the former Hickey-Walton Pierce store, is now relocating again to a space near Village Toy.
Pretty Things moved into a storefront that had been part of Village Toy and City Kitchen expanded the bar area. A new salon also opened--all within about five months.
The ever-evolving changes within the Village are part of small business but the Village Facebook post sought suggestions of retailers that Grosse Pointers will frequent and go to regularly.
Among the suggestions:
- an Apple store
- Sur la Table
- an organic market
- Whole Foods
- Jungle Java
What businesses would you like to see settle in the Village? Why? Share your ideas in the comments section below.