DETROIT, MI- The landlord of the building where Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe intends to open filed for personal bankruptcy in early 2011, and subsequently defaulted on two mortgages, and thus the fine foods grocer planned for 3100 Woodward Ave. in Midtown has been in limbo ever since, co-owner Michael Solaka told MLive today.
“Our deal went sideways, not of our own making,” Solaka said, adding that they had signed a lease for the space. “We are still intent on opening and are currently working through a court-appointed receiver to open the store.”
Solaka said he was unsure of when this process would be complete, but as soon as it is, the 8,000-square-foot Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe’s doors will open.
Every local and state permit has been secured, all needed certification has been granted.
Solaka and his brother Peter Solaka have already invested some $500,000 into the store, which will have a full meat counter and butcher, a full deli counter, a salad bar, a bakery and a large variety of beer and wine. Amongst it all will be a selection of Michigan- and Detroit-sourced products, Solaka said.
The brothers signed a lease on the building a year before Whole Foods planned its 20,000-square-foot location at Mack and Woodward avenues, he noted. The Midtown Whole Foods is scheduled to open in mid-2013. Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe was originally scheduled to open in May of 2010.
The name for the store is a throwback to a trio of stores owned by the Solaka family under the same banner in the 1970s and 1980s.
At the new Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe, curious passers-by have already noticed some of the store’s shelves are stocked.
“We’re starting to stock the store with shelf-stable items,” Solaka said.