Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
Papa Joe's Gourmet Market & Catering, which has locations in Birmingham, Rochester and inside Royal Oak's Beaumont Hospital, is in discussions to become the Motor City's newest grocery addition. A Meijer Inc. is expected to open in spring 2013 at Eight Mile and Woodward Avenue, while a Whole Foods store is scheduled to open later next year in Midtown.
Tony Curtis, part owner of Papa Joe's, told The Detroit News the market is trying to determine the viability of the project.
"All I can say is that I scrutinize every offer that every developer offers to me to see if it can be a viable location and opportunity for both Papa Joe's and the community," Curtis said in an email. "I believe that if enough business people put enough time, money and effort into Detroit, we can make it a great city once again."
Papa Joe's, around for more than two decades, is known for its variety of gourmet products and fresh produce. The market offers full catering services, wedding cakes, pastries, floral products and gift baskets.
Curtis did not disclose where the market is considering setting up shop. Bedrock Real Estate Services, one of Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc.'s family of companies, confirmed it is in discussions with several grocery to locate downtown, but declined to name any candidates.
Bedrock — owned by Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and partners — owns nine buildings downtown and has added new tenants in the past month, including Chrysler Group LLC in the former Dime Building that is now called the Chrysler House.
It is unclear whether Papa Joe's is seeking incentives.
A Michigan Economic Development Corp. spokesman said he is unaware of any incentives for a Papa Joe's store.
The Detroit Economic Growth Corp. said it does not discuss possible tax incentives until they are finalized, but did say Papa Joe's could take advantage of the Green Grocer Project, which is designed to increase the number of high-quality grocery options for Detroit consumers.
The developer of Whole Foods received $4.2 million in private and public incentives. The Gateway Marketplace project, which will include a Meijer as the anchor store, received $6.1 million in brownfield tax credits and a school tax break valued at about $10.8 million, among other incentives.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 May 2012 08:53
Category: Top News Written by Leland Stein III
The Detroit Pistons just concluded their fourth consecutive losing campaign, finishing the regular NBA season with a 25-41 record. Some basketball pundits have said there are plenty of reasons to smile when looking into the crystal ball of the Pistons’ future.
However, after giving Detroit area fans a noteworthy run of six consecutive NBA Eastern Conference Finals, watching the 2012 NBA Playoffs unfold still leaves a void in my basketball spirit. The question is why am I feeling a void, when the Pistons have posted 25-41, 30-52, 27-55, and 39-43 records since 2008-09?
Just think, in 2007-08 our Pistons had a 59-23 record and lost in the Eastern Conference Finals. It now seems like a thousand years ago. The main question is when will this gallant franchise right itself and get back into the NBA hunt for a title?
With a shortened year due to the lockout and a roster of unproven talent, the expectations for the 2011-12 Pistons season were set at a low bar. The Pistons weren’t expected to make the playoffs or become the Cinderella team of the NBA.
Also, this was head coach Lawrence Frank’s first season at the helm. He followed a string of unsuccessful coach selections by Pistons President Joe Dumars. Flip Saunders, Michael Curry and John Kuester all have had recent shots at being the face of the franchise.
The Detroit fans are eager to see the Pistons get back to their winning ways. Could it come sooner than expected? Will next season be the one?
Many are saying Dumars has found his guy in Frank. Did Frank, unlike Kuester, start the process of changing the mentality of the team and create a positive vibe with his players? The popular theory is he will be the coach for many years to come.
“We started the season 4-20, but finished it over .500 the rest of the way,” Frank told me. “I’m disappointed that we did not make the playoffs or finish .500. With us sitting at home watching the playoffs, hopefully it will be motivation for some. No doubt we have to get better, starting with me.”
Frank does indeed have a solid nucleus to revamp the franchise. Point guard Brandon Knight and guard Rodney Stuckey are a decent backcourt pair. They may not be as good as the Bad Boys era — the Pistons who had one of the best backcourts in the NBA with Dumars and Isiah Thomas. Years later, Dumars paired Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups as they helped lead Detroit to a championship in 2004.
As the season progressed, Frank turned the team over to his young point guard. Knight made great progression as the season went on and earned his stripes as a rookie. With a full offseason and continuous development with the team, Knight can be the leader the Pistons need.
“As the season went on I felt better about what I could contribute to this team,” Knight said.
“I know I have work to do to get better and compete with all the great point guards in this league. I plan to stay in Detroit in the offseason and work on the things I can to take my game to another level and help this team get better.”
For many seasons, head coaches tried to make Stuckey into a point guard.
With the growth of Knight, Stuckey was able to slide over to shooting guard and highlight his natural ability as a scorer. Stuckey drives the lane as well as anybody in the NBA and has had some big fourth quarters for the Pistons.
Another bright spot for the Pistons was center Greg Monroe. He put together a fine campaign for Most Improved Player this season, averaging 15.4 points and 9.7 rebounds, including an impressive 31 double-doubles.
Monroe established himself as one of the better centers in the league and will stay in that elite company as his game continues to evolve.
It’s unclear where Detroit will draft on June 28, but the draft carries a deep pool of talent, especially in the frontcourt.
The Pistons need to find a consistent power forward to play next to Monroe.
Frank played musical chairs at that position last season, rotating a large number of players at that spot (Jason Maxiell, Austin Daye, Charlie Villanueva, Ben Wallace and Jerebko). All are useful role players off the bench, but the Pistons need a real beast to complement Monroe.
There is plenty at stake on the Pistons’ offseason.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2012 18:48
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