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New Coffee House Coming to Northville Square

Northville Roast will open at the former location of Solid Grounds Coffee House.

There will soon be a new spot to satisfy coffee cravings in downtown Northville. Northville Roast, a coffee house and juice bar, is moving into Suite 222 in Northville Square.

It's taking the place of Solid Grounds Coffee House, which closed in 2011 because of what the owner said was high rent.

A sign on the suite's window says Northville Roast will open in May in Northville Square, 133 West Main Street.

Are you looking forward to its opening? Tell us in the comments.

Took Gallagher April 29, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Sadly I must agree totally with OnThePerch. I really miss Solid Grounds and I know that they did pretty much everything they could to last in that location as long as they did. Good Luck to Northville Roast -- you have big shoes to fill in a tough location.
Tracey Fors Wormsbacher April 29, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Thank you for your encouraging comment! Actually there are a lot of exciting things going on in Downtown Northville including Northville Square! The 175 people who work in Northville Square are thrilled to see progress being made in spite of negative comments... Thanks for your support!!!!
OnThePerch April 30, 2013 at 04:05 AM
We are not making negative comments Tracey, just honest observations. I don't think anyone wishes for a new business to fail, especially one opening in a space that has been long vacant. The fact is, there have been a number of coffee shops in the city that have come and gone and it is for good reason, it is a very tough niche to turn a profit in and this location does not help that fact. Just look at the Caribou location at 5 and Sheldon, it was at a very high-traffic intersection where thousands passed by it everyday and no immediate competition, yet it is now permanently closed. In fact, the coffee shop industry has one of the highest turnover ratios in the last ten year. Like you mentioned in a past comment "Northville Square, (is) the most under utilized and neglected piece of unbelievable real estate in (Northville)" I'd have to agree with that, but unfortunately due to it's original design, and the way the retail environment has changed over the last 15 years it will probably be plagued by frequent turnover and vacancies for years to come.
Tracey Fors Wormsbacher April 30, 2013 at 09:57 AM
Good Luck and Best Wishes on your new endeavor would be adequate.
GingerTea April 30, 2013 at 03:24 PM
While Northville Roast will feature a juice bar, this isn't much of a fresh idea. As a coffee addict, I'd love to see a unique place open up in the city. But, OnThePerch is right, there is little foot traffic in that area. Sure, it's a short stroll, but I'm not going to walk to Northville Square to frequent a run-of-the-mill coffee shop, when there are a handful of other ones downtown that I already go to on a regular basis. If Northville Roast is going to draw a crowd, it needs offer something more unique than a juice bar, for example, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company in Detroit (http://www.greatlakescoffee.com/) that offers beer, craft cocktails, and fabulous coffee. Or, instead of coffee, how about tea? Something like, Ann Arbor's Tea Haus (http://teahaus-annarbor.com/), for instance.

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