Save-A-Lot closes, Taco Bell is coming and more Jackson County business news

Jackson County Business News: Save-A-Lot closes amid competition, Taco Bell opens in Brooklyn, Alro Steel expands, and more exciting updates!

Many businesses in the Jackson County area are moving, from stores closing in Jackson to a Taco Bell opening in Brooklyn.

Here’s some business news from the Jackson area that you might have missed.

After 15 years, Save-A-Lot is closing its doors in Jackson.

Jackson’s Save-A-Lot has closed after 15 years of selling food at low prices.

The store’s owner, Roy Rabban, said that he opened the cheap supermarket chain store at 3525 O’Neill Drive in Blackman Township in 2008. Before that, he and his brothers ran a grocery store in the Detroit area.

But Rabban said he has closed Save-A-Lot because there are now more shops in the Jackson area that are competing with him. He said that the store has had trouble matching the prices of goods sold at other shops in the last couple of years.

What are those? Brooklyn is the place to “Live Más.”

Now it’s a vacant lot, but soon it could be the site of a new building with fast food for the Village of Brooklyn.

Next door to the Big Boy diner, Taco Bell is building at 413 S. Main St. In May, the village’s Planning Commission approved the restaurant’s final site plans. This means that crews can start building, probably within the next few weeks, said Village Manager Matt Swartzlander.

Black River Bells, a franchise group in Brighton, will own and run this new site. On the lot where a Burger King that burned down in 2012 used to be, a 2,046-square-foot restaurant is going to be built.

Alro Steel bought another metal supply business to add to what it has to offer.

Alro Steel officials said that the Jackson-based company will buy Heimansohn Steel, which is based in Clarksville, Tennessee. This will help Alro Steel grow its customer base in Tennessee and Kentucky.

“We’re happy to have Heimansohn Steel join the Alro family,” said Randy Glick, CEO of Alro Steel. “Our customers will benefit from this purchase because we will have more metals and plastics in stock and more ways to process them.”

Sawd’s Village Inn has big chimichangas and stacked burgers.

Sawd’s Village Inn’s owner, Missy Shelhart, knows a lot about its past, which she shares with the public in big chunks.

In March 2022, Shelhart opened the restaurant. Her uncle, Duane Sawdy, owned the restaurant 40 years ago, and that was where she got her first job. She said that she wanted to remember her uncle by putting his name on the business again.

Sawd’s Village Inn has a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options on its menu. Wraps, sandwiches, the salad bar, and the daily specials are some of the most popular things.

Also, people like the big burgers. The Big Sky Burger, which has two burgers, bacon, lettuce, a fried egg, tomato, and sourdough bread, is one of the most popular items.

What is it? In Michigan Center, a new business is getting a lot of attention.

Monica Wieand started making balloon art to spice up her son’s birthday party, but it has since “blown up” into her specialty.

Wieand has been running Balloon Art By Monica since 2022, when she made superhero designs out of balloons for her son’s birthday party and saw how much the kids liked it. She outgrew her home office, though, and in June she made the decision to move into a room at 101 Fifth St. in Michigan Center.

Wieand’s specialty is turning balloons into different designs and props for events by twisting and shaping them. She has made these for a number of events, like balloon bouquets for birthday parties and balloon columns for school events. She said that she once made a balloon cross for a first communion at a church.

After 5 years of fashion, a shop in downtown Jackson is going out of business.

Apricot Lane is going out of business after five years of dressing Jackson in style.

Jenny Murphy, the owner of the women’s clothes store, Apricot Lane, said on the store’s Facebook page that she needs to close the store to help her family.

“During this time, I have had to remind myself that I made a dream of mine come true, even if it was only for a short time,” Murphy wrote in the post.

In 2018, the Westwood Mall got a new store called Apricot Lane. Then, in 2020, it moved to its current site in the Blake Building, 180 W. Michigan Ave., taking the place of A Frame Above, a custom framing shop and boutique that had been there for 18 years but had closed earlier that year.

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