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Posted on Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 5:56 a.m.

Great Clips to replace Little Caesars in lineup at Plymouth Road Plaza

By Lizzy Alfs

A national hair salon franchise plans to join the tenant lineup at the Plymouth Road Plaza under construction on Ann Arbor's north side.

Great Clips franchisee Mike Schoonmaker signed a lease recently for a space in the 21,000-square-foot commercial and office building being developed by Louis Johnson and Jack Edelstein.


Construction is under way on the Plymouth Road Plaza development in Ann Arbor.

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The salon chain — which offers “affordable, quality haircuts,” according to its Web site — will join Starbucks, The Big Salad, DFCU Financial and LaVida Massage when the shopping center opens next year. Great Clips will replace Little Caesars in the center because the pizza shop encountered problems with venting its ovens, Edelstein said.

Johnson and Edelstein broke ground on the Plymouth Road development in early August after first proposing it in 2006. It’s located in front of the Plymouth Road Mall, just east of Nixon Road.

Edelstein said it was the University of Michigan’s purchase of the former Pfizer site and improved economic factors that allowed them to move forward with the project.

“We’ve had a lot of interest,” he said. “I think certainly with the (University of Michigan) moving into the former Pfizer lot, there’s a lot of activity there…I’ve heard through word-of-mouth that traffic has definitely increased.”

The two-story building is being constructed on a portion of the existing mall’s parking lot. The retail space on the first floor will have a drive-through business at each end -- Starbucks and the credit union. Negotiations are under way with an office tenant for the 9,000-square-foot second floor.

Founded in 1982, Minnesota-based Great Clips has more than 3,000 locations in the United States and Canada. According to its Web site, the salon opens in “high-visibility centers” with ample parking.

This will be the seventh Great Clips location in Washtenaw County.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 12:34 a.m.

now this is something that's truly noteworthy.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 3:38 p.m.

Why can't we get a decent restaurant on the North side if town????

Mary Bilyeu

Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 8:28 p.m.

Kitchen of India on Broadway, Ayse's, Cafe Marie, Curry Up, Songbird Cafe, Evergreen, Roger Monk's, Moonwinks Cafe, Cafe Zamaan, Exotic Bakeries ... I apologize to those I may be forgetting at the moment ....


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 8 p.m.

Evergreen, a Chinese restaurant has been near the eastern entrance into Plymouth Mall for about 20 years. Another local restaurant, Song Bird has opened recently in the space formerly occupied by Flim Flam. Those are across the parking area from the new construction. Also, facing out of the back of Plymouth Mall is the north side's hardware store.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 5:32 p.m.

Carson's, though a little pricey, is more than decent.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 3:21 p.m.

No pizza? : (


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 2:54 p.m.

Isn't there a hair salon and a barber shop already in the mall? Mind you, it's been a while since I've been there. We don't need a big name chain to go in. We need a local place. A bookstore?


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 8:08 p.m.

this will be 4th or 5th: Avissa/Avanti/Bo-Rics/ The Inn salon......

Angry Moderate

Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

Right, because independent bookstores in Ann Arbor have been doing so well lately. (Not to mention Borders).


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 6:42 p.m.

The Kingscourt barber shop closed in January. There was still a salon next door at that time.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 11:38 a.m.

First I'm learning that Little Caesars is not going there...