Rugged workwear lovers, rejoice: Carhartt plans to open its first retail store in Detroit this year.
The Dearborn-based apparel maker has signed a long-term lease for a three-story, 51,000-square-foot building at 5800 Cass Avenue, in the city’s Midtown area, officials announced Wednesday.
The first floor of the building is set to become Carhartt’s new flagship retail store — the first Detroit-based store in the company’s 126-year history, officials said in a statement. Construction is expected to start “within the coming weeks,” while the grand opening is planned for late spring or early summer, according to the release.
“The city of Detroit is experiencing a renaissance and rejuvenation led by small and large businesses alike,” Linda Hubbard, president and COO, said in a statement. “Carhartt has been committed to the city for well over a century and we take great pride in calling Detroit home.”
Carhartt is moving into an historic building that famed area architect Charles Degree constructed in 1928. It previously housed the Marmon Motors auto dealership as well as Cass Motors.
Plans for the second and third floors have not yet been decided, according to the company. The building also features more than 75 secure parking spaces in an attached garage.
Founded by Hamilton Carhartt in 1889 as a Detroit maker of clothes for railroad workers, Carhartt now owns and operates 16 retail stores across the country and boasts about 4,900 employees worldwide.