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Posted on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 : 2 p.m.

Village Corner reopens at new location in Ann Arbor

By Paula Gardner


Village Corner owner Dick Scheer opened his new location on Plymouth Road on Saturday, even though he's still stocking inventory and finalizing his grand opening celebration.

Jeff Sainlar |

A retail institution returned to Ann Arbor on Saturday when the new iteration of Village Corner opened at 1747 Plymouth Road in The Courtyard Shops.

That wasn’t the plan, owner Dick Scheer said, since he’s still putting finishing touches on the space.

But his 800-member wine club was coming to the store to pick up their every-other-month purchases, so it just happened.

“I thought ‘what the heck,’” he said on Wednesday. “’We’re going to be open, we might as well be open to the general public.’”

Village Corner closed in early November 2010 to make way for the student high-rise - now called Landmark - under construction in its place at the corner of South University and South Forest on the edge of the University of Michigan.

Scheer’s lease wasn’t renewed as part of that process, meaning that he had to make a hard decision for his business, which had started and spent 40 years on South University.

By summer, he’d signed a lease to move to the storefront on the edge of North Campus and near Ann Arbor’s northeast neighborhoods.

And since the soft opening on Saturday, the word about the store’s reopening is traveling across Ann Arbor, he said. Now business is growing even before he can finish stocking - or finalizing his grand-opening celebration.

“There’s a lot of curiosity factor,” he said. “I just expect that to grow.”


Melanie Maxwell |

VC customers will find that the new store is about 75 percent smaller than the location on South University.

Yet it also will end up looking familiar, Scheer said. He’ll still have a big humidor for cigars.

“And we’ll have our traditional walls of wine again,” he said.

But there are some inventory changes.

Less space means fewer items, Scheer said. So far, that means shoppers will find fewer grocery items. And he’s evaluating what kinds of soda products he’ll carry. Initial customers have requested more.

Those types of customer requests will help him shape the new store into something that he believes will be successful in the different location. Instead of relying solely on expertise built during his 40 years of experience on the edge of campus, he’s willing to change based on customer demand.

He’s also not worried about the loss of square footage.

“I know how to get a lot of merchandise into a small space,” Scheer said.

Initial hours for the store will be 10-7 Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“We’ll hang around for a while after we close,” Scheer said. “If there’s demand to stay open later, we’ll gradually increase hours.”

Reaction from customers so far has been encouraging, Scheer said.

And after a year of working from no storefront, then plotting a move to the new location, that’s a relief.

“We’re just ecstatic,” he said.

Among all of the changes that Scheer and his business have experienced during the past year, one stands out as he relaunches his store.

“It’s nice to work in a place where you can see the outside,” he said, describing the old store as more like a cave. “We face west and can see the sunset. We can even see the fall colors.”


Thu, Oct 13, 2011 : 1:56 p.m.

I was terribly disappointed to hear that the old store was closing. It was grungy, a little dirty and the perfect cave to buy my groceries when I was a sophomore in college. Even after college, the wine selection remained outstanding. It sounds like the new store will be something completely different, a cleaned up wine and cigar shop from the sounds of it. Good luck to him, I'm happy to hear that VC is still alive one way or another!

Somewhat Concerned

Thu, Oct 13, 2011 : 1:40 p.m.

The old store was dirty, disheveled, and a hang out for bums, but Dick Scheer knows as much about wine as anyone in the Midwest. If the new store gets swept more than the once a year that the old store got swept, and if the alcoholics who hung out in the old store can't find the new one on Plymouth, it will be one of the best wine stores in the region.

lindsay erin

Thu, Oct 13, 2011 : 1:12 p.m.

I love VC. I'm still really bitter about this new student high-rise going in. Can't even get started on student high-rise talk or you'll never hear the end. Good luck at the new location! I will certainly come visit.


Thu, Oct 13, 2011 : 11:13 a.m.

I frequented Village Corner only a few times when it was on South U and each visit was a disappointment to say the least. The store was messy, the staff wererude and q?uite frankly I'm not excited that they have reopened. It will be even easier to avoid now that the store is so far away from everything. Good Luck! And buyer beware


Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 7:01 p.m.

The new store will be less student oriented and more of a wine shop. You will see changes.


Thu, Oct 13, 2011 : 1:55 a.m.

That guy in the party store across the street ain't gonna be happy about this.

Paula Gardner

Wed, Oct 12, 2011 : 7:18 p.m.

Link just added. Sorry for the omission.


Wed, Oct 12, 2011 : 7:15 p.m.

If you are going to post an address, please make it a link to the location on google maps.

Tom Smith

Wed, Oct 12, 2011 : 6:43 p.m.

I spent a lot of years along South U, and I fiercely miss the Bagel Factory, the old Campus Theater, the second branch of the Dawn Treader Book Shop, the Pizzeria Uno that was there for some years, and most of all VC. I don't get up Plymouth Road way much these days, but it's damn good to know you're back in business, Mr. Scheer. Much luck to you!


Thu, Oct 13, 2011 : 5:27 a.m.

Don't forget Steve's lunch! Spicy chicken or the B3....!


Thu, Oct 13, 2011 : 4:37 a.m.

How could I forget Community News? A great store. Many hours frittered away there.


Wed, Oct 12, 2011 : 11:37 p.m.

MRunner73 "the new location does not fit the name" neither does Washington Street Gallery. Business-wise, keeping the name is golden.

Tom Smith

Wed, Oct 12, 2011 : 9:33 p.m.

:) Chipper, a friend of mine owned the Earport -- I remember it well, as well as the Wolverine Den. TTC, thanks for reminding me -- I couldn't remember the name of Flipper McGee's. MRunner, yeah, I know, it's not a corner. Sigh. The commercialization really began when they stuck the Mickey D's and the mini-mall in there. Gawd, now I'm remembering how much time and money I spent at the old Community Newscenter....


Wed, Oct 12, 2011 : 9:30 p.m.

It was sad to see VC close, but the new location does not fit the name. It was a great all purpose store for the students. Maybe you don't remember but across the street from VC was the Village Bell bar (middle of the block where Sadako is now). It had the downstairs bar with the shag rug ceiling. That was in the 1970s. Sadly, even with VC, South U became very commercialized.


Wed, Oct 12, 2011 : 8:09 p.m.

Great Escape, Flipper McGees and Rax are missed as well.


Wed, Oct 12, 2011 : 8:04 p.m.

I agree, but would like to add: the Earport, Miller's, Centicore Books, and deep-dish pizza at Wolverine Den. Although I haven't been a student for many years, I still liked to go to Village Corner, and since it closed I've avoided driving by that corner and having to see the destruction of yet another local landmark. I welcome VC's new incarnation.


Wed, Oct 12, 2011 : 6:39 p.m.

So glad to hear this! We'll be over soon.