Carhartt to open in Detroit Aug. 27

Louis Aguilar
The Detroit News

Detroit — The opening of rugged clothier Carhartt’s first store in the Motor City is planned for Thursday, Aug. 27, according to city documents.

The Dearborn-based clothes maker filed a petition with City Council to stage a “grand opening” on Aug. 27 at 5800 Cass, according to documents released Tuesday. That’s the address of the Midtown building where Carhartt is setting up a flagship store.

On Wednesday, Carhartt spokeswoman Erica Salomon confirmed the date and said more details will be provided later.

Crews are busy at work on the empty, historical building , which sits on the northern edge of Wayne State University and a few blocks south of the New Center area.

Carhartt describes itself as maker of “premium work wear.” It is an internationally recognized brand with 4,900 employees worldwide. The company was founded in 1889. More than 90 years ago, in 1923, it introduced the “Chore Coat,” a water-resistant, blanket-lined jacket with a corduroy collar. It remains one of the private company’s top selling items.

More recently, Carhartt has found a following among urban tastemakers. It opened its first urban retail store in Chicago four years ago.