Local businesses head to the mall, Rite Aid closes and other Jackson County business news

JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. – Small businesses are filling stores at Westwood Mall, and Rite Aid is closing a location in Jackson. These are among many businesses making news in Jackson County.

Here are some recent business stories from the Jackson area that you may have missed.

Crispy Walnut Breaded Chicken is a seasonal staple at One North

One North Kitchen & Bar is always looking to change its menu to offer unique seasonal dishes.

One North typically comes out with an updated menu every quarter, with some items removed and others added for the season. The restaurant’s new fall menu debuts Monday, Oct. 2, and features an array of seasonal salads, appetizers and cocktails.

A popular item from last year’s menu that is returning to this year’s fall menu is the Harvest Salad. It’s a spinach salad topped with roasted butternut squash, feta cheese, blackberries and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Protein can be added, and blackened shrimp is usually a popular choice, said general manager Craig Foreman.

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Rite Aid is closing one of its Jackson locations amid a bankruptcy filing

Drugstore chain Rite Aid is closing hundreds of stores across the U.S. amid its bankruptcy restructuring, and a Jackson location is one of those being cut.

The Rite Aid location at 3100 E. Michigan Ave. is one of 19 stores in Michigan announced to be closing. The last day for the Jackson store is Monday, Nov. 6, Rite Aid officials wrote in an email.

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Customers’ prescriptions will be transferred to other pharmacies to avoid disruptions, and employees will be transferred to other Rite Aid stores when possible, officials said.

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Hearty sandwiches, fresh donuts are hits at the Foundry in Albion

Just like a foundry, the folks at this Albion bakery take pride in creating great things with their hands.

Foundry Bakehouse and Deli was opened in 2019 by Bill and Karen Dobbins, who also own Caster Concepts, as part of Albion’s downtown revitalization. Their daughter, Emily Verbeke, took over in 2021 with hopes of continuing to fill the area’s need for baked goods and sandwiches.

Everything is made fresh daily in the bakery and deli, including breads, pastries and doughnuts. Sandwiches and salads are also prepared to order.

All the sandwiches and salads are named after the tools or processes found in the foundries. One popular sandwich is the ShakeOut, an Italian sandwich filled with ham, salami, tomatoes, lettuce, banana peppers, and mozzarella and provolone cheeses.

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Local businesses are seeing the benefit of filling vacant stores at Westwood Mall

In the 1970s and 1980s, Jackson’s Westwood Mall was the place for big box stores and popular chain stores.

Opened in 1972, the mall at 1850 W. Michigan Ave was full of popular name brand stores. Today, however, the nearly 50-seat facility sits nearly half-empty as stores have either closed or moved over the years.

Connected: Step back in time: Cool, comfortable Westwood Mall “the place to go” in the summer of 1972.

This has created an opportunity for local businesses in the Jackson area to fill some of the vacancies.

Over the past few years, nearly 17 local businesses have taken advantage of the mall’s vacant apartments, and Erika Ray, general manager of Westwood Mall, said she believes that will help the mall continue to be a viable part of the community.

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What is this? This Jackson business has more options and other improvements

A popular convenience store is hoping to expand while keeping some of the elements that made it a party store.

Flavorz has operated out of Home Town Convenience, 1033 Cooper St., since 2022, but owner Rae Klavon is always looking for ways to grow the business, including a new food truck in September. So when store owner Robert Casa decided it was time to retire, Klavon jumped at the opportunity to take over, she said.

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“It was the right move for us,” Klavon said. “We knew it was obviously going to be a transition, but it’s exciting.”

Klavon took over Home Town Convenience on Thursday, Oct. 12, with the goal of remodeling it into a Flavorz restaurant while retaining some party store touches. Construction has begun but will be done in phases, she said.

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5 Great Places to Get a Connie Dog in Jackson

Coney dogs have been a tradition for Jackson County residents for over 100 years.

While some Jacksonians may disagree about which restaurant serves the best Connie dog, they can all agree that the traditionally hearty hot dogs topped with Connie meat sauce, diced onions and mustard are a part from the city’s history dating back to 1914.

Here are five Jackson County eateries where residents can pick up a Connie dog.

Read the full story here.

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