22 photos of the opening of the Nike store in downtown Detroit

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After months of speculation and anticipation, the Nike Detroit Community Store is open.

The line of people waiting to enter the new store walked down Woodward, past Moosejaw, and round the corner on the Grand River. Exact numbers weren’t available, but many saw Michigan state basketball coach Tom Izzo as well as the store opening.

“Sport is the cornerstone of our state pride,” said Tom Izzo, Michigan State University head coach and member of the Basketball Hall of Famer. “Fostering positive early experiences with physical activity is extremely important to young adults, which is why I am delighted to welcome Nike to the city of Detroit. “

It is the seventh Nike Community Store in the United States; there are locations in Portland, Washington DC, New Orleans, east of Los Angeles, and in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York.

Community stores differ from Nike retail stores in four different ways. Community store employees who live within a five mile radius of the store make up 80% of their staff. They also award grants of $ 5,000 to eight local nonprofits each year. The company also focuses on volunteering in the community to bring positive ideas about physical activity.

The last thing we focus on is making the community store reflect the city they’re in. From the photo mural on the wall to Detroit clothing and sports team clothing, they aimed to take everything into consideration.

“By expanding Nike’s community store concept to include local grant programs, we look forward to fostering even deeper connections that empower young leaders where our store teams live and work,” said Dennis van Oossanen, vice president and general manager of North America Direct-to-Consumer. .

The Nike Store is located in the former FW Woolworth Building on Woodward, sandwiched between the Hudson Café and Moosejaw.

The 22,000 square foot store offers two levels of clothing and footwear for men, women and children.

The Nike Detroit Community Store is located at 1261 Woodward Detroit, Michigan 48226

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Took a bunch of photos and a video of my visit today so make the most of it.

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Tom Izzo and a fan take a selfie.

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