Birmingham Sanders closes; officials scout new spot

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

Sanders and Morley Candy Makers announced they’d immediately close their Birmingham Sanders store because of a lack of nearby parking, among other concerns, a representative said Friday.

Nakia Mills, spokeswoman for Sanders, said the company already is scouting locations for a replacement store in Metro Detroit.

The company hasn’t set a timetable to open the new location, Mills said, but isn’t looking to reopen in Birmingham.

“There are a lot of places” we’re looking at, Mills said. She said a possible downtown Detroit location is on the lists of some of those executives in charge of finding a new location.

Sanders Chocolate & Ice Cream Shoppes are located in Clinton Township, Livonia, Novi, Rochester, Saint Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe. There are licensed stores in Wyandotte and on Mackinac Island.

Mills said officials decided to close the 167 N. Old Woodward location in Birmingham because their customers typically needed to park closer than the bustling downtown strip allows.

Sanders customers often had trouble parking multiple blocks away to visit the store.

“We like the Birmingham area and will certainly miss those people who visit this particular store on a regular basis,” Brian Jefferson, chairman and CEO of Sanders and Morley Candy Makers, said in a news release. “However, we must continue to focus on offering our customers the best experience possible.”

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