Mayor Mike Duggan joined Premier Pet Supply, a Michigan-based full-service pet supply store, for its grand opening Friday in downtown Detroit.
Premier Pet Supply was founded in Beverly Hills and has 12 stores in the Detroit metro area. The downtown Detroit location is on the ground floor of the City Club Apartments CBD Detroit, at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Park Avenue.
“I was supposed to drop by today to see a pet store downtown for the people who live here,” Duggan said. “It’s just a sign of the progress we’re making as a city, we’re going to be building a lot more housing and I think this pet store is going to do really well.”
Pet store CEO Michael Palmer showed Duggan around the 3,000-square-foot store that faces Grand Circus Park. They were joined by shoppers, local residents and pet store co-owners Brandon Thorne and Jeff Nagarah.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s a special day; in real cities, downtown is a neighborhood and it’s never been in the city of Detroit,” Duggan said. “I know downtown is a neighborhood when it has its own pet store.”
Putting the pet store in downtown Detroit was the vision of Jonathan Holtzman, CEO of City Club Apartments. He is a longtime Premier Pet Supply customer and approached Palmer seven years ago to tell him about a property in Detroit’s central business district where he was going to build a community of mixed-use apartments and penthouses. .
The new luxury mixed-use apartment community includes 288 apartments and penthouses, Premier Pet Supply, Joe Vicari’s French Bistro, The Statler and two levels of underground parking.
“He came up to me and said, ‘I’m building a building in Detroit and you’re going to be there,’ and I didn’t even have the No. 2 store at the time,” Palmer said.
“It was the very first apartment built (from scratch) and improved after my election and it took a bit of time to do it,” Duggan said. “The history of this site is quite significant.”
Decades ago, the site was home to the 18-story, 800-room Statler Hotel. The historic hotel, built in 1915, has hosted business, sporting, artistic, entertainment and political guests for six decades. Duggan believes that Holtzman’s vision to rebuild apartments on the downtown site spurred housing development throughout the downtown and downtown area.
“Now that’s driving store openings, that’s what a vibrant neighborhood looks like,” Duggan said.
The store carries national product lines and carries brands from Michigan businesses. It has a particular focus on guests in smaller living environments and urban pets, as City Club Apartments is known to accept pets.
Premier Pet Supply products can serve fish and other small animals to cats and dogs along with a wide selection of foods, supplements, pet care items and toys.
“I think it’s convenient, it’s really close to where I live, and they have a lot of variety, which I like,” Sabrina Minus, 26, who lives in downtown Detroit and visited the pet store on Friday with her 13 week old pup, Marley. Before this store opened, Minus shopped at a Petco which is a 20-minute drive away.
“There have been very few options for people here so they have been forced to shop online even though they don’t want to. It seems the people who live here really want to support local” , Palmer said. “A lot of people said ‘I don’t need to shop online anymore’, which is music to my ears.”
“It’s very important to us to give everyone who lives downtown the amenities they find in the suburbs so they have every reason to stay here and not have to drive 30 minutes to get things. they need,” Palmer said. “We are thrilled and plan to be here for a very long time.”