Morning Fresh

Biggie’s Pizza owners to buy Morning Fresh Bakeries locations

A longtime Adrian institution — not to mention a favorite spot for college students or anyone needing a late-night pick-me-up — is getting a new owner. Allen and Tiffany Heldt, the owners of Biggie’s Pizza in the Adrian Mall, are purchasing both Adrian locations of Morning Fresh Bakeries from Jerry Gallatin, who is planning to retire. The change of ownership will take place Jan. 1. “Allen will do a good job,” Gallatin said, noting Heldt’s success at keeping Biggie’s open through challenging times. Continue Reading

Adrian Mall

Announcement of new mall anchor store could be coming in a few weeks

A major announcement about a new anchor store for the Adrian Mall could be coming within a few weeks, according to a representative of the Tabani Group, the Dallas-based company that purchased the mall last winter. Michael Schackman, asset manager for the Tabani Group, addressed the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce Adrian in the A.M. breakfast today. “Right now, we have two large anchors in the works to come to the mall,” he said, adding that he had hoped to be able to announce one of them today, but the announcement will probably be a few weeks off. Nonetheless, he said, he’s “very confident” in the deal. The Tabani Group owns a total of more than 10 million square feet of commercial, hotel and residential real estate, including nine shopping centers. Continue Reading

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings will open in a week and give 100 customers free wings for a year

The new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Adrian, which is located on the south end of the Adrian Mall, is slated to open next week. The grand opening is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 17, with the doors opening at 11 a.m. The restaurant will give free wings for a year to the first 100 customers through the door on that day. Joe Chuhran, managing partner of the restaurant, said its design will be different from most other Buffalo Wild Wings locations in Michigan, in that it uses the stadium-style atmosphere employed by the chain’s newer restaurants. It will have an open appearance – you’ll be able to stand on one side of the restaurant and see across to the other – with big-screen TVs above the bar mimicking the look of a stadium Jumbotron. Continue Reading


It’s finally confirmed: Buffalo Wild Wings will come to the Adrian Mall

What could be the least-kept secret in Adrian business is out: The Daily Telegram’s Brian Paynter reports on Twitter that the Adrian Planning Commission has approved a site plan for Buffalo Wild Wings at the Adrian Mall. The Adrian Planning Commission has approved a site plan for a proposed Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant at Adrian Mall. — Brian Paynter (@lenaweepaynter) February 12, 2015
Tearing down the former Sears auto department — next to the portion of Sears that Hobby Lobby moved into — is among the new mall owner’s plans to revitalize the shopping center. According to Crain’s Detroit Business, Buffalo Wild Wings plans to open in Adrian in August 2015. Continue Reading

The Adrian Mall location of RadioShack is not on the company's list of planned closures.

Adrian RadioShack is not on company’s closure list

Here’s a piece of good news for retail in Adrian: Although RadioShack plans to close about 1,700 stores nationwide — more than 50 of them in Michigan — the Adrian Mall location is not among them. Adrian does not appear on a list of potential closings the electronics retailer posted recently to its website. The company filed for bankruptcy protection last week. It has about 4,000 stores in the U.S. and plans to close about 1,700 of them. According to the New York Times, many other locations will end up co-branded with Sprint. Continue Reading

This newspaper ad from 1970 lists the Adrian Mall's original tenants.

Adrian Mall to lose its last original anchor store

When the Adrian JCPenney store shuts down in April, it will mark the closing of the mall’s last original anchor store. The Daily Telegram reported Thursday that the Adrian store’s last day will be April 10. It’s one of 39 stores that J.C. Penney Co. will close this year, according to the Associated Press, but the only one in Michigan. (Click here for the full list.)

Sears, which had been one of the mall’s anchors since the beginning, closed in 2012. Continue Reading

Today’s news: A new hospital between Adrian and Tecumseh, a new owner for the mall

Two big pieces of news today in Lenawee County: ProMedica made its long-awaited announcement of a new hospital between Adrian and Tecumseh, and the Adrian Mall has a new owner. The Daily Telegram reports that ProMedica, the Toledo-based health system that operates Bixby and Herrick hospitals in Adrian and Tecumseh, plans to break ground on the new hospital early in 2016. It will be on the site of the former Centerview Golf Course, which ProMedica bought in 2012. Bixby and Herrick president Tim Jakacki told the Telegram that much of the Bixby building could be torn down, while a large portion of Herrick may be repurposed. The site, off of M-52 north of Adrian, is roughly halfway between Adrian and Tecumseh. Continue Reading

The Adrian Mall location of RadioShack is not on the company's list of planned closures.

City generally supportive of tax incentives for potential mall buyer

Here’s an update on a story we told you about over the weekend: Adrian city commissioners signaled their support on Monday for tax incentives that could help a prospective Adrian Mall buyer demolish part of the property to make room for a new tenant. The discussion was only tentative, since no purchase agreed to and no formal request for incentives has been made. “They’re taking your temperature right now to see whether you’re willing to incentivize this project and how much you’re willing to incentivize it for,” economic development coordinator Chris Miller told commissioners. City administrator Shane Horn said the city has met with a few different investors who are interested in buying the mall, and one of them has an option to buy the property that they have until the end of the year to exercise. The part of the mall in question is where the Sears auto department used to be. Continue Reading

The Adrian Mall location of RadioShack is not on the company's list of planned closures.

City commission to discuss incentives for possible mall buyer

A possible buyer for the Adrian Mall wants to know what incentives might be available to help demolish part of the former Sears location for redevelopment. The city commission is scheduled to discuss possible incentives during a study session at 6 p.m. Monday in the City Chambers Building, just before the commission’s regular meeting. Mayor Jim Berryman said a few developers are looking at the mall, and one of them raised the question of incentives. “One of the issues they’re looking at is they feel a portion of that mall needs to be demolished,” he said. If the developer buys the mall, Berryman said, they have a tenant lined up for the spot where the Sears auto department used to be. Continue Reading