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What's Next For Big-Box Stores In TC?

What's Next For Big-Box Stores In TC?

By Beth Milligan

The rising popularity of online retail sales is pushing many big-box stores out of the market, resulting in a surge of chain bankruptcies and corporate restructurings that have closed hundreds of stores across the country. Two such closings will affect Grand Traverse County when MC Sports and Kmart close their doors this spring.

But while Traverse City may not be immune from the big-box decline, developers and officials say the region is still a bright spot overall in the market – with new opportunities coming for employees and buildings affected by the local closures.

In Acme Township, Kmart is expected to close its doors at 6455 US-31 by the end of March – one of 10 Michigan locations closing this year. The store employed roughly 50 part-time staff and a handful of full-time positions, estimates Acme Township Supervisor Jay Zollinger. “I think you’re seeing the same thing all over the country, where (chains) are looking to make changes based on the demographics of the market and online retail,” he says. more

Today

IIHF Women's World Championship Pre-tournament Camp

9:00am The International Ice Hockey Women's World Championship Team will participate in a pre-tournament camp, March 22-28. Includes an exhibition game against Finland on March 25 at 3pm. Free. Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC more

PROTEST! Photographs from the Women’s March on Washington

10:00am By Kathy Silbernagel and Babs Young Exhibit: March 2-28. Panel Discussion/Meeting with Photographers: March 22, 7pm. Corridor Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, TC more

OAC Spring Exhibition

10:00am An exhibit of artwork by Mary Fortuna, Janelle Songer and Jessica Kovan. The opening reception takes place on Fri., March 3, 5-7pm. The exhibit runs through April 7. There will also be an artist panel discussion on Sun., March 5 at 1pm. more

Sacred Spaces Exhibit

11:00am Higher Art Gallery is having its Spring Exhibit which runs from March 24 - April 22. This exhibit features work in all mediums by 28 artists nationwide. An opening reception will be held on March 24 from 6-8pm. Higher Art Gallery, TC Higher Art Gallery, TC Higher Art Gallery, TC Higher Art Gallery, TC more

Call for ART!

11:00am Higher Art Gallery is having a Functional Fiber and Functional Ceramics pop up Market. Event is May 6 and geared towards Mothers Day gift giving. If you would like more info, and to apply, visit: higherartgallery.com or call: 231-252-4616. Deadline to apply is April 5. Higher Art Gallery, TC more

Spring Exhibit: Sacred Spaces

11:00am Exploring ideas such as ancestry, time, nostalgia & individual views on what is sacred. Runs March 24 - April 22. An opening reception will be held on Fri., March 24 from 6-9pm. Open Weds. through Sun. Higher Art Gallery, TC Higher Art Gallery, TC Higher Art Gallery, TC Higher Art Gallery, TC more

Tuesday, March 28

IIHF Women's World Championship Pre-tournament Camp

9:00am The International Ice Hockey Women's World Championship Team will participate in a pre-tournament camp, March 22-28. Includes an exhibition game against Finland on March 25 at 3pm. Free. Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC Centre Ice Arena, TC more

Peepers Program

9:00am "Buzz on Bees". For ages 3-5. Featuring stories, music, crafts & discovery activities. Presented by the GT Conservation District. Boardman River Nature Center, TC more
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