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Posted on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 11:23 a.m.

Opening of Grand Traverse Pie Company on East Liberty Street delayed for months

By Lizzy Alfs


Grand Traverse Pie Company, which signed a deal to open in the former @burger space in October, has delayed its opening for a few months.

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Although originally hoping to be open for the holiday season, the Grand Traverse Pie Company on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor likely won’t open its doors until March, franchise owner Dave Ziegler confirmed today.

He said remodeling work at the 3,185-square-foot store at 505 E. Liberty St. is “on hold” for personal reasons.

“We’ve got some things to get squared away before we can get back on track,” he said.


Grand Traverse Pie's signature product is its pies.

Photo courtesy of Grand Traverse Pie Co.

There is no official opening date yet, but Ziegler said March 1 is a possibility.

Ziegler signed a deal for the former @burger space in the McKinley Towne Centre building in October. The space was listed with Jim Chaconas and Brendan Cavender of Colliers International for an annual rental rate of $34 per square foot.

Because @burger closed just a year after remodeling and installing new equipment in the space, the restaurant is already in very good condition, said Tom Gritter, McKinley’s vice president and managing director of commercial real estate.

Based out of Traverse City, there are 18 Grand Traverse Pie Company locations in Michigan and Indiana. There is another Ann Arbor restaurant, also owned by Dave Ziegler, at 291 N. Zeeb Road.

The menu consists of pies and other sweets, deli sandwiches, salads, soups and breakfast foods.

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



Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 4:38 p.m.

I guess they missed the XMO update, nobody does business in Ann Arbor. Too many "socialists". The whole area around State/Liberty is a "dead zone", caused by Trotskyists and the UM "public" school system. They are a drain on Capitalism and no doubt the cause of this slow remodel.


Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 4:59 a.m.

Get well soon Dave, Hope u get good (Dr's) reviews next month.

David Paris

Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 10:15 p.m.

Mr Ziegler, It's unfortunate that you chose to go the franchise route. Ziegler Pie & Cafe would have been so much better, or maybe Zieglermans Deli, or something like that! (just kidding Ari ; )


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 8:59 p.m.

Darn! I was all stoked to eat some pie.

Ron Granger

Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 6:53 p.m.

Where's the best place to get a pie made with actual fresh fruit, and with a short list of ingredients that doesn't include a bunch of chemicals I can't pronounce?

Top Cat

Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 9:19 p.m.

Achatz's Pies opened a few weeks ago. They are in Travers Mall on Plymouth Road just to the west of Krogers.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 8:17 p.m.

Achatz's Michigan 4-berry pie is the best! It is a little less sweet than GTP's Lakeshore Berry. I enjoy both of them. Achatz is also opening in Ann Arbor sometime soon.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 8:04 p.m.

Zingermans is very good - but bring a loan application $27 for 1 pie!


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 7:38 p.m.



Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 7:37 p.m.

What about pies from Zingerman's or Achatz's Pies? <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 7:10 p.m.

Make it fresh in your own kitchen. Nothing fresher and you can't blame anyone but yourself for anything you don't like about it.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 6:17 p.m.

Good to hear they're expanding by opening another location. I really like the GTP Co. on Zeeb. The pot pies, breakfast pies, and regular pies are all very good. We also really enjoy the Manitou turkey sandwich.