Since its closure early last year, the question that’s been on many people’s minds has been, “What’s going to occupy the former Huron Camera building?”
While a popular gag/rumor going around town has been that a Mexican restaurant would fill the void, those folks are going to have to wait a bit longer now that the owners of The Home Store, located at 8122 Main Street; Nichols and Stafford, at 8106 Main, and Main Street Home and Apparel (which operated within The Home Store).
Earlier this year a new owner began renovating and revamping 8160 Main, leasing part of the building to Dexter’s newest comics, toys, and collectible card game business The Watchtower. Now the combined businesses of Kathy Swan, Laura Keefer, and Laura Telesco will be commercial neighbors of The Watchtower, Edward Jones, and Joe & Rosie Coffee and Tea.
The three women had originally wanted to purchase the shuttered Mill Creek Sports Center at 8180 Main Street earlier in the year, but Keefer said that “it just didn’t work … there were some complications,” in a recent interview with WeLoveDexter.com.
While Keefer didn’t get into the details, there had been public discussion at Dexter City Council about the city having to annex the sports center property from Scio and Webster Township in order to provide sewer service and it would cost $200,000 to run a water main to reach the property, which the city said it would not pay.
The city does not provide utility services to parcels that exist outside of the city limits as a matter of policy. Those property owners on the outskirts of the boundary who wish to have city utility services must petition for annexation, or otherwise cooperate with the townships on operating a well and septic field.
Keefer appeared happy with the end result of determining 8160 Main as their new location, as customers picked The Home Store clean during the ongoing 40 percent off moving sale both store’s having going on.
“We feel like (8160 Main) is going to be a nice sport for us,” Keefer said. “We’re going to have, I think, an extra 300 to 400 square feet of space,” and the hope is that the new combined store will be opened in “the beginning of August, before Dexter Daze.”
“It’s a little aggressive,” Keefer added of the timetable for the move and relaunch of the three businesses, but the idea is to reap the benefit of being so close to Monument Park, Central Street, and Baker Road where so many marquee events happen in the area throughout the year.
She added that she hopes other retail businesses occupy the soon-to-be unoccupied commercial spaces on the north side of Broad Street, as it would be “beneficial” to all of the existing retail businesses.
“More retail is going to give people more reasons to shop downtown,” she added.