By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Rally House is moving onto Grand River, and The Villa is moving out.
Replacing what was once American Apparel, Rally House, an apparel store that sells sports jerseys and accessories, will open March 25, according to building owner Brian Gordon.
Along with the opening of Rally House, The Villa, a neighboring store known for sneakers and sportswear, is moving at the end of the month from Grand River to Martin Luther King Boulevard and Holmes Road in Lansing, where there is currently a store open.
“Our moving doesn’t have anything to do with the opening of Rally House,” said Diane Stewart, assistant manager at The Villa. “We have nothing in competition with them.”
Replacing The Villa will be a new restaurant called Lotsa Motza.
“Lotsa Motza is a casual pizza and salad restaurant with a super hot oven and makes food really quickly,” said Gordon. “It’s popular on college campuses, and the restaurant will be a success here in East Lansing.”
Construction for Lotsa Motza will begin when the spring term for Michigan State University comes to an end at the beginning of May.
“We should expect the restaurant to open at the beginning of the fall semester,” said Gordon, “just in time for the students to come back to school.”
With construction going on for the restaurant, Rally House isn’t doing any major renovating, said Gordon.
“There’s nothing that they really need to build in the store, since it’s already built for retail,” said Gordon, “just a little touch ups here and there.”
Rally House Marketing and Operations Manger Bryan Fregeau said, “We’re very excited about the opening of our store in East Lansing.”
Rally House has stores all over the east coast, from Dallas to Philadelphia, “we try and appeal to college campuses, or cities with a lot of sports fans,” said Fregeau.
Gordon said he was in touch with Rally House for a while and finally signed the deal within the first week of March.
“It went pretty quickly,” said Gordon. “We were able to sign the names and get everything situated at a very fast pace and we are lucky to be able to open so soon.”
“We are very excited for them actually,” said Stewart. “People come into The Villa and ask for things we don’t carry that Rally House finally will, so it’ll be nice for the kids to finally get some of the apparel that they need.”