New Business Activity on Tap in Farmington and Farmington Hills

Officials say a long-vacant shopping center space in Farmington and the former Roosevelt's space in Farmington Hills will soon be occupied again.

Good business news came out of Monday's Farmington planning commission and Farmington Hills city council meetings. 

In Farmington, code enforcement officer John Koncsol said a True Value Hardware store is moving into a portion of the former Harvest Fresh market space that anchors the Crossroads shopping center at Nine Mile and Farmington Roads. He said the business will take up about two-thirds of the space.

He said the space won't require a large amount of work, so he estimated the business could be open by the end of the year. Koncsol said a second business, Ollie's, will also move into the center. 

Owners described it to him as "Big Lots on steroids", he said. According to the company's website, Farmington will be the third Michigan location for the chain, which also does business in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina.

Koncsol said the Chul Bu'ul Mexican take-out restaurant, which is under construction just east of Grand One Hour Cleaners on Grand River, could open as soon as early to mid-November. He said owners are currently working on a Dumpster enclosure and the parking lot. 

In Farmington Hills, officials approved an extended entertainment permit for Kansas-based TENT Restaurant Operations, which will open Bailey's Pub & Grille in the former Roosevelt's in the Twelve Orchard shopping center at 12 Mile and Orchard Lake Roads in early 2013. 

Roosevelt's abruptly closed in July of 2011, after 18 years in that location. 

In a letter accompanying the liquor license application, TENT Restaurant Operations attorney Scott Edwards noted the restaurant expects to be open before noon on Sundays and alcohol will also be sold during that time. The letter notes plans include having non-coin operated pool tables and coin-operated games.

The company expects to invest $1.2 million in fixtures, furnishings and leasehold improvements to the space. 

TENT operates Bailey's and Fox and Hound sports bars across the country. 


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