Woodward Corners by Beaumont, a 117,000-square-foot commercial development located at the intersection of Thirteen Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak, has new retailers on board including the property’s largest tenant, Woodward Corner Market.
The redevelopment plan features six buildings, including a five-story hotel and an array of restaurants and other retail offerings in an attractive setting with green space, landscape gardens and community gathering areas. The first businesses will open this summer.
“It’s exciting to see all of the progress at Woodward Corners by Beaumont,” Carolyn Wilson, Beaumont executive vice president and chief operating officer, said. “A community survey of local residents, our employees and patients guided our development of the property. And, we are still looking for a few more businesses that might be interested in the project.”
Woodward Corner Market will be a 40,000-square-foot neighborhood grocery store operated by Meijer. The store will focus on offering customers a unique grocery shopping experience, much like the retailer’s first small format store, Bridge Street Market, which opened in August 2018 in Grand Rapids. Woodward Corner Market will feature a vast assortment of fresh food; local, artisan groceries; and Meijer and national brand products at low prices.
“Meijer is excited to open Woodward Corner Market as part of this exciting development along iconic Woodward Avenue,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said. “Our mission has always focused on providing quality products, outstanding customer service and exceptional value to the communities we serve. Woodward Corner Market builds upon the commitment the Meijer family made in Metro Detroit more than 40 years ago with a convenient and unique grocery experience.”
Additional new businesses include:
- AKT (Tentative opening: July 2019)
- Developed by Celebrity Trainer Anna Kaiser, AKT is a dance-based cardio concept, offering a unique combination of four modalities: toning, interval, circuit and dance. With new programming created every three weeks by Anna Kaiser and the belief that movement has a powerful, lasting impact, AKT is for all body types and fitness levels. AKT empowers members to have fun becoming stronger in their bodies, minds and communities.
- Beaumont Urgent Care (Tentative opening July 2019)
o Beaumont Urgent Care will allow patients to be seen quickly for minor injuries and illnesses at a reduced cost compared to a more expensive emergency room visit. Patients will get fast, efficient care designed to fit their lifestyle. Beaumont providers will offer expanded services like an in-house lab, X-ray and fiberglass splinting. While services are not limited to Beaumont patients, the medical care team at Beaumont Urgent Care will be able to access the Beaumont electronic medical record, helping doctors and nurses provide the best coordinated care. Patients will also be encouraged to find a primary care physician and the staff can help coordinate the right referrals.
- Brown Iron Brewhouse (Tentative opening: July 2019)
o Named “Best Beer Bar 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in Michigan” by CraftBeer.com, Brown Iron Brewhouse is a beer-centric smokehouse. Styled after a modern twist on large and open German beer halls, guests sit among friends enjoying house brews or one of 64 other craft beers and ciders on tap. Guests can savor scratch-made cuisine specializing in high quality food while enjoying friendship in private or community seating inside or in a large, outdoor beer garden.
· Grabbagreen (Tentative opening: June 2019)
- In 2013, Grabbagreen was founded by two moms who found it increasingly difficult to feed their families healthy food on-the-go. Grabbagreen’s Eat Clean menu is based around super food ingredients and offers a full selection of grain and green-based bowls, fresh-pressed juices, handcrafted smoothies and acai bowls, breakfast and healthy kid-friendly items. All signature menu items are prepared fresh, made-to-order, and provide a delicious experience for customers that also meets most dietary needs. In 2018, Grabbagreen became part of Kahala Brands, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world with a portfolio of nearly 30 fast-casual and quick-service restaurant brands with approximately 3,300 locations in 30 countries.
Wahlburgers, based in the Boston area, and New Order Coffee, based in Detroit, were the first retailers to secure space in the new development.
Founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg, Wahlburgers is a fast-growing gourmet burger chain with nearly 30 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. The Woodward Corners location will open in July.
New Order Coffee offers a wide range of house-roasted, ground and brewed to order coffees, inventive specialty lattes and an assortment of whimsical, house-made pastries. Owned and operated by Elizabeth Rose, New Order Coffee currently has a location in Midtown Detroit. The Royal Oak cafe will open in June.
Woodward Corners will connect with the Beaumont Hospital campus through easily accessible walking paths. That connection will help enhance the experience for the surrounding community and for the up to 13,000 people who visit Beaumont, Royal Oak each day, according to hospital president Nancy Susick.
“As a destination medical center that includes a Proton Therapy Center, we care for local, out-of-state and international patients and families,” Susick said. “Woodward Corners by Beaumont will be a place where patients, families, community members, Beaumont staff, volunteers and physicians can take a break, relax, share a meal or do some shopping.”
The $32.8 million development will create hundreds of construction jobs as well as permanent jobs at the center’s new hotel, retail and dining establishments. It is expected to be complete in 2019. Beaumont has owned the property since the 1980s.
Schostak Brothers & Company and A.F. Jonna Development are co-program managers for the building program, with Hobbs+Black as architect and Tower Construction as construction manager.