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Michigan-themed retailer tags next location

December 15, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Michigan-themed retailer plans Eastown store
The Mitten State’s products are “designed and printed locally, using American garments.” Courtesy The Mitten State

A retailer that sells Michigan-themed apparel and merchandise has its sights set across town.

The Mitten State will open a storefront in northwest Grand Rapids in Rockford Construction’s mixed-use development at the corner of Bridge Street and Turner Avenue.

The anchor of the development is New Holland Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids location.

Both businesses are slated to be open next fall.

“We've seen a lot of growth happening in the West Side during the last couple of years,” said Scott Zubrickas, co-owner, The Mitten State. “Our apparel focuses on people, places and things in Michigan, and this neighborhood really exemplifies those key qualities. We are excited to make the West Side our new home.”

Above the retail space is 26 apartments.

Many of the company’s designs look like they could be out of the 1970s and 1980s, including a line of historic art from the state’s universities.

The Mitten State currently operates a store in Grand Rapids' Eastown neighborhood and a warehouse and offices in Comstock Park.

Zubrickas told the Business Journal the company is looking to move the warehouse and offices closer to downtown. The status of the Eastown location is currently unknown.

The new storefront is part of a larger move to make the west side of Grand Rapids a true part of downtown.

“Part of our commitment in bringing our office headquarters and new thoughtful investment to the West Side has been to meet the needs of our existing neighbors and those who are attracted to the area,” said Mike Mraz, a partner at Rockford Construction's real estate development division. “We consistently hear that additional locally owned retail shops are desired, and The Mitten State is a perfect fit.”

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