Business and city leaders are banking on a trendy, upscale grocer and the first major shopping center in decades to continue the retail revival of Detroit’s main business corridor, but the outlook is less promising in other parts of the city where small businesses say escalating crime is pushing them out.
Owners and managers of shops in and around Detroit say too few police officers and an inability to stem citywide crime have placed the small business community in jeopardy. The killings of two store owners and shooting of a clothing shop worker have added to the worry.
The grim view is in stark contrast to the optimism on display this week during groundbreaking ceremonies for a Whole Foods Market in Midtown and a Meijer store on the former state fairgrounds. They are to be the most recent additions to a thin ribbon of vitality slowly stretching north from downtown along Woodward Avenue.
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