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Posted on Wed, May 2, 2012 : 5:53 a.m.

Culver's restaurant constructed on Jackson Road; now hiring

By Lizzy Alfs


The new Culver's restaurant on Jackson Road in Scio Township is aiming for a June 4 opening.

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It won’t be long before Culver’s signature “Butterburgers” and frozen custard will be available in the Ann Arbor area.

Karen Richard, owner of the restaurant under construction on Jackson Road in Scio Township, said she’s aiming for a soft opening on June 4, with a grand opening celebration planned for June 12 with company CEO Craig Culver.


Construction moved quickly at the Culver's site thanks to favorable weather.

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Culver's specializes in burgers and frozen custard shakes.

Photo courtesy of Culver's

Richard, an Ann Arbor resident who owns a Culver’s in the Jackson area, purchased a portion of the Lowe’s outlot property in Scio Township in December for $700,000.

She had been looking to open a location near Ann Arbor for years, and had looked at sites in Pittsfield Township and Saline before purchasing the Scio Township property. She opened her Jackson store in 2006.

“Ann Arbor would have probably been my first choice for a restaurant; however, there wasn’t any property available when I began to look,” she said.

After beginning construction on the new location in February, Richard said things are now three weeks ahead of schedule thanks in part to favorable weather. The parking lot has been paved and the building has been constructed.

She plans to hire roughly 65 part-time employees to work at the store and has already hired managers. She said applicants can apply online and can submit walk-in applications to the restaurant the week of May 14.

“I want to have everybody hired and ready to do their paperwork by the close of business on May 22,” Richard said. “We have a lot of applications, but we can always use more because we’re looking for very happy, outgoing people.”

The first Culver’s restaurant opened in Wisconsin in 1984, and there are now over 425 locations nationwide. There are 34 locations in Michigan.

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Ron Granger

Thu, May 3, 2012 : 3:46 p.m.

How about some Pink Slime? I checked their website and they have no statement regarding their policy on Pink Slime. So I assume the worst. Also, no mention of grinding the beef. So they probably don't fresh grind beef daily. Thanks, but I'll stick to the many local joints that fresh grind beef, without the pink slime.

Audion Man

Tue, May 15, 2012 : 12:01 a.m.

A statement on their Facebook, states that they absolutely do not use pink slime. 100% midwest beef, fresh, not-frozen, no additives or fillers.


Sat, May 5, 2012 : 4:43 a.m.

They also didn't say anything about glass shards, so I assume those are in there as well.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 3:46 p.m.

I'm sorry that my "Die Vegan Scum" comment was misinterpreted as anything else but humor. I was simply remarking on the moral sanctimoniousness that we are all adopting toward everything from smoking, to everything else people choose to do in the way of eating, consumer purchases, etc. We're such a scolding society. I really wish my vegan friends and anyone on this site no harm whatsoever. I was doing a parody of the "Die Yuppie Scum" graffiti that dotted the lower East Side of NYC in the 90's.

John Hritz

Mon, May 7, 2012 : 8:18 p.m.

Don't sweat it, Lavaduck. I got the joke immediately. Cheers!


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 8:55 p.m.

You may call it moral sanctimony but the truth is that smoking kills thousands of people every year, it's a nasty habit addictive and everyone, and I mean everyone even those without health insurance pay the price one way or another. The same goes for unhealthy eating habits like high fat, high cholesterol, high sugar foods. They're killers and everyone knows it. The point is that the proliferation of places to eat like Culvers, McD's, Five Guys etc, and the rest not only feed our bad habits, but they promote and profit from them. They are not the same as local eateries who sell similar products. Once the costs associated with poor eating habits is factored in, so called cheap fast food is one mighty expensive way to eat.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 12:59 a.m.

mixmaster It must me nice to be wonderfull, what do you like? i think anything on the planet will get your health someday


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 12:14 p.m.

Life is wonderful, I have nothing to do with that. And you're wrong to think that anything on the planet with get your health. Nuclear waste comes to mind along with fatty foods and sugar.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 10:55 p.m.

Triple meat,cheese, double butter and super size my fries please


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 12:02 a.m.

Do your worst, eat whatever you like, but please don't make the rest of us pay for your unhealthy lifestyle choices.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 9:47 p.m.

You are what you eat has been the phrase. With the proliferation of fast food restaurants that serve high calorie, high fat, high processed starches, fats and sugar. No wonder the US mortality rates are higher than many other developed countries. Someones guilty pleasure or "vice" costs not only the consumer but it costs everyone else who pays higher health insurance premiums and requires more doctors and care facilities which do not come cheap. There is a ripple effect. I guess people who eat this "food" keep the insurance companies, doctors and pharmaceutical companies employed. And we all know how much we like that. Everyone who has health insurance pays more for those vices. Try explaining to your doctor why your cholesterol levels and high blood pressure indicate an imminent heart attack that will cost six figures. Cha ching! Burgers, fries and custard. Supersize it. Double meat. Butterburgers. You are what you eat. Not a pretty picture.

Bertha Venation

Thu, May 3, 2012 : 12:46 p.m.

If you don't like it... don't eat it.

Bertha Venation

Wed, May 2, 2012 : 5:45 p.m.

It's so nice to see people bicker about something so trivial.... (I know.... I know.... "Stay out of this.... GRANDMAWWW!") LOL! (the Red zone is for loading and unloading only......")


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

MMMM Culvers!!!!


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 4:40 p.m.

Culver's makes more than burgers, they make some good chicken.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 12:01 a.m.

Have you ever sen how chickens are raised and slaughtered and what they are fed? Disgusting.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 3:25 p.m.

Great. More part time burger flipping jobs without health care. Rejoice! Maybe the low wage employees will get their food at a discount? That's nice, except will not be able to afford health care to pay for their heart surgery or diabetes care. I guess the rest of us will have to pay for their hospital stay or let them die because their care costs too much. Oh, well.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 10:04 p.m.

I find it amusing to see how conservatives flip flop on issues when it suits their "tastes". In this case it's ok to pay for health care costs for people who make a lifestyle choice to eat at burger and fry joints yet it's ok to cut women's health care services and opportunities to get them because being a woman is obviously not a lifestyle choice. You know that owning a gun and riding a motorcycle without a helmet are sometimes deadly lifestyle choices. We pay increased health care costs for people shot with guns and head injuries from motorcycle crashes.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 7:44 p.m.

Guess what, we will HAVE to pay for their health care under Obama's plan.So either way we pay. People get sick for a wide variety of reasons, many of which are not related to lifestyle choices.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 3:11 p.m.

My only problem with Culvers is that they need to about double the butter on the butter burger. Now THAT would be a better butter burger. As it is, the burgers merely rock. Extra butter? That would be the bomb.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 2:14 a.m.

It's a metaphor, you can look it up, since it appears they never covered that in your correspondence course. Blood pressure and cholesterol are fine. Thanks for the concern. You may want to schedule yourself a colonoscopy though, since they may need to look for that stick.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 10:09 p.m.

I wonder why some people feel compelled to describe their actions as a "fight" over something as petty as an online comment. This is a bad combination for someone with high blood pressure and bad cholesterol.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 9:49 p.m.

Blame the messenger, comrade.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 5:08 p.m.

Classic limosine liberal post. Evidently, the censors at AA.commie won't allow me to prove my point, so if inquiring minds want to know, just click on his name. Surprised that somebody telling me to "go ahead and kill yourself" made it past the peoples committee on proper comments here at Pravda, but I'm willing to fight back, just not with one hand tied behind my back.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 3:19 p.m.

Butterburger. This proves my point, exactly. Please go ahead and kill yourself with artery clogging Butterburgers, but stop making the rest of us cover the higher costs for your lifestyle choices.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 1:32 p.m.

Loooking forward to the opening. They have great burgers. JD


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 1:23 p.m.

Mmmmmmm. Let's get fat with artery clogging cholesterol. I hear Paula Dean helped with the menu. For those who like this kind of "food" please sign a waiver releasing the rest of us from the health care costs of your medical complications from eating this kind of obesity causing grub.

Rob MI

Thu, May 3, 2012 : 2:03 a.m.

For what seems to be the 100th time: "Butterburger" refers to the fact that the bun is buttered before it is toasted. There is no butter in the burger itself.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 8:59 p.m.

Congratulations on being the perfect human specimen with absolutely no vices that are detrimental to health.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 3:10 p.m.

What's the view like up there on that high horse?


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 3:08 p.m.

As if you know anything about my health.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 3:07 p.m.

Thanks for the health lecture, my Grandmother lived to be 100, and ate bacon and eggs everyday of her life. Grandpa died at 96 from a fall from an apple tree. Our life expectancy keeps going up, even through the fast foods era. Most people seem to be able to handle their diet and don't need a profit of doom reminding them that they should eat nothing but raw veggies.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 2:16 p.m.

Actually the ingredients in a Culver makes Burger King and McD pale by comparison. I'd rather eat a healthier burger then here. Anywhere but Culvers.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 1:54 p.m.

One could easily eat this as a "treat" and be far healthier than you are.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 11:52 a.m.

Welcome to our area. Culvers burgers are THE BEST. So sorry you didn't come to Saline.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

I agree. Stay away from Saline. They have better burger joints downtown then Culvers ever will. Culvers is gross burgers.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 12:45 p.m.

For the populous subdivisions in the northwest part of the Saline school district, Culvers will be much closer than downtown Saline;)


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 11:43 a.m.

She plans to hire roughly 65 part-time employees Will none of the new hires be full time? I doubt it then they would have to pay some sort of benefits.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 11:29 a.m.

Never been to Culver but always heard of it. And wow, it looks and sounds tasty. We had a Checkers/Rallys in Ann Arbor up until around 1999, it didn't preform too well. Would be nice to have it back, they made some great fast food burgers. So many burgers, so little time...

Britain W.

Thu, May 3, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

Uluysses/SMC -- are you thinking of Hot 'n Now on Washtenaw? Very similar concept [dual-drive-through, inexpensive]. Last time I saw a Hot 'n Now was in Wayne on Wayne Road a few years ago. It's closed but Wikipedia still lists a few locations mostly up north or on the west side of the state.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 2:51 a.m.

It wasn't in Ann Arbor, it was on Washtenaw, near Hewitt.

Frustrated in A2

Thu, May 3, 2012 : 2:44 a.m.

Where was a Rally's/Checkers in A2? I was gone from A2 from '92-99 and don't ever recall seeing one during my visits back.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 3:17 p.m.

leaguebus, by State law, Ann Arbor cannot require any more stringent health or building codes than are already required by the State of Michigan. Stop making things up about you which you know nothing.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

I was told that there would never be a Rally's in AA because AA requires them to have a public bathroom.


Wed, May 2, 2012 : 10:24 a.m.

Great...Now if we could only get a Checkers or Rally's....


Wed, Jun 13, 2012 : 3:05 p.m.

Coincidentally there's a Checker's in Southgate too now that I think about it


Wed, Jun 13, 2012 : 2:55 p.m.

There's a Sonic in Southgate

Britain W.

Thu, May 3, 2012 : 1:36 p.m.

Grimmk -- you may be thinking of Checkers, on Middlebelt just east of the airport. There are a couple of Checkers on Telegraph Road in Dearborn too. I'm sure there are other ones in Canton or Westland area. The Sonic nearest to Ann Arbor is in Westland. I'm amazed we haven't gotten one either.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 3:35 a.m.

How about a Sonic? We get tv ads for them but the closest one is at the airport.