7-Eleven Eyes Detroit for Expansion

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7-Eleven Eyes Detroit for Expansion


DETROIT -- 7-Eleven will join the number of retailers that plan to revive development in Michigan next year, reports the Detroit News. The convenience store chain plans to open 20 stores in the Metro Detroit area in 2013, including six in Detroit itself.

The company wants to locate several stores in those areas for customers looking for speed and convenience, said Michael Anderer, a senior real estate representative for 7-Eleven in Michigan.

"If you look at where we're located now, there's a bit of a doughnut effect with a hole where Detroit is," Anderer said. "We're looking to change that and get back into the downtown area."

Multiple national retail and restaurant chains announced plans to expand in Michigan during the recent "Retail Runway" event, part of the International Council of Shopping Centers' Michigan Idea Exchange. Participating chains included Panda Express, subway sandwich restaurant Jersey Mike's, Hungry Howie's pizza and others.

Retailers expressed interest in moving into Detroit, especially the downtown and midtown areas, according to the report.