Downtown Detroit’s shopping scene continues to change amid COVID pandemic

Some businesses close while others open

DETROIT – The COVID pandemic has had a big impact on the landscape of Downtown Detroit.

Some businesses have quietly closed down, while others are excited to move right in.

One moment we’re hearing Under Armor is closing its Downtown Detroit store, but in the same month job postings for a Detroit Gucci store are popping up and the Sugar Factory announces a Downtown Detroit location. It poses the question: What direction are businesses going?

The pandemic hasn’t been much help, the many people working downtown who brought a lot of the foot traffic are still working from home.

While difficult decisions have been made and one brand may shut their doors, it hasn’t stopped other retailers from opening up. The hope is that momentum continues, especially for small businesses.

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About the Authors:

Megan Woods is thrilled to be back home and reporting at Local 4. She joined the team in September 2021. Before returning to Michigan, Megan reported at stations across the country including Northern Michigan, Southwest Louisiana and a sister station in Southwest Virginia.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.