New Detroit Nike Store Gets Opening Date, Time – And Tom Izzo

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New Nike Community store in progress on Friday. Daily Detroit photo.

Over at 1261 Woodward in the core of downtown, across from the old Hudson’s site, there’s a new Nike Community Store in the old F.W. Woolworth Company Building that’s currently getting ready for an opening day of its own.

It’s part of an overall effort to bring more retail and national brands into the downtown core to draw shoppers and people into the city. The retail space has in the last few years served as a welcome center and then a home for the Somerset Collection’s CityLoft pop up.

The new store that will be two floors and 22,000 square feet is going to open May 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

It’ll feature a welcome from none other than Michigan State University coach Tom Izzo, as well as the MSU mascot Sparty – and you’ll be able to take photos with both.

A “Community Store” is a bit different than a standard Nike store in that employees work with the community as volunteers. According to press information from the opening of their Washington, D.C. Community store:

“True to its name, this store is all about community. It’s our mission and focus at every turn,” said Dennis van Oossanen, Nike Vice President of Nike North America Direct to Consumer. “Not only are we bringing Nike’s premium value shopping experience and performance product to Ivy City, but through job creation, as well as sport and non sport-related volunteer efforts, we hope to positively impact the local economy and inspire the neighborhood. Making life better through sport – and community – is our goal.”

The store is also hiring. Check out that link here.