New downtown retail announcement includes Papa Joe's grocery store in First National Building

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Downtown Detroit will soon gain a new grocery option. Dan Gilbert announced Thursday that Papa Joe's will move into a ground floor space in the First National Building.

The news came out of an event that chronicled the progress of downtown business and real estate developments and looked to the future, showing renderings of what a renewed Woodward corridor might look like.

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The event also addressed one of Detroit's biggest former retail spaces. The empty site of downtown's old Hudson's store will soon be part of an international competition.

Cranbrook Academy of Art will be involved in organizing a competition among designers and architects who will be asked to reimagine the former department store site.

Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert made several retail announcements to an audience of about 400 business and civic leaders. Gilbert's Rock Ventures currently owns approximately 3 million square feet of real estate in Detroit.

Several organizations have been working on a new retail strategy for the Woodward Corridor for seven months. Business leaders also involved four urban planning firms on the new retail strategy.

Gilbert's Rock Ventures has recently purchased several new properties in Detroit, including the 1001 Woodward office tower, One Woodward Avenue and the Kresge Building.

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