New deal in the works for building on Grand River

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By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

Michigan State students pass by the building that was once host to American Apparel

Michigan State students pass by the building that was once host to American Apparel.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The building that was once American Apparel on east Grand River might have new activity starting within the next week.

Building owner Brian Gordon, of East Lansing LLC, has been working on a business deal since American Apparel closed in December.

“We are pretty close to wrapping one up,” said Gordon.  “We’ve been working on it since they left and we will know more within the next week.”

American Apparel is an international retail store that had a location at 115 east Grand River in East Lansing.  The local location filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October, according to Gordon, and closed its doors on Dec. 18, 2015, hoping to open the buildings’ doors again in the near future.

Lori Mullins, community and economic development administrator for the city of East Lansing said, “I believe that the new or prospective tenant is a store that’s primary product is clothing.”

Gordon confirmed and said, “it is retail, it will be exciting and newsworthy.”

The store opened on Grand River in 2007, said Gordon, this was the company’s 84th opening in the country.

American Apparel spokesperson Arielle Patrick said, “we won’t open another American Apparel in the area because there is already one close by in the state of Michigan.”

With the closing of the East Lansing location, American Apparel now only has two Michigan store locations, one in Ann Arbor and the other in Royal Oak.

The opening of a new retail development will add to the list of current retail residents on Grand River including Urban Outfitters, Pitaya, Clever Clover and The Villa.

“I’m not entirely sure how the other businesses around will react,” said Gordon. “I can’t give too much information but we just need a few more signatures and then we will know for sure.”

Mullins encourages new business prospects around the downtown East Lansing area, hoping to bring in more money for the city of East Lansing and potentially increase customer experience.

“We are unsure how the other stores on Grand River will react when we find out what exactly will go into that space but it will be beneficiary in the end,” said Mullins.

The area is 4,400 square feet, said Gordon, and “$25 to $30 per square foot per year.”

Gordon said the deal is closer than ever, hoping construction will take place in the near future and the opening of the store will be within the next year.

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