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Todd Wenzel Automotive purchases new dealership

Todd Wenzel Automotive purchases new dealership

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Todd Wenzel Automotive announces the acquisition of their third Michigan dealership, Jim Waldron Buick GMC of Davison.

This purchase represents the second Buick GMC franchise for Todd Wenzel. The first, located in Grand Rapids, was obtained in 2001 followed by a Chevrolet franchise in Hudsonville in 2004.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Davison and Greater Flint communities," said Wenzel, "We look forward to maintaining the excellent reputation the Waldrons have built."

My Town Wyoming: Williams Furniture property up for auction

My Town Wyoming: Williams Furniture property up for auction

WYOMING, Mich.— The former home of Williams Furniture is up for bid.

The online auction will begin March 27 at 8 a.m. on Biddergy.com’s website.  The two-parcel property is located at 40 & 60 28th Street SW.  It includes a parking lot and 30,000 square foot building, complete with a showroom and two offices.  The entire property’s worth is estimated at $532,312.

Williams Furniture closed late last year, after 67 years of business.  The family-owned store was founded by Lorraine and Jacob Baart in 1946.  The family says the economic downturn was too much for the store.

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A former meat shop in Hudsonville has gone to the dogs.

Tolman’s Wholesale Meats recently moved from 6363 56th Avenue to a larger facility, to accommodate growing demand. Realtor Olga Hallstedt says the building’s specialized washable walls appealed to retiring Wyoming Police Officer Randy Adams, who was looking to open a daycare, boarding and training facility for dogs. Adams, who handled and trained police service dogs for more than 20 years, bought the building in January 2014 to expand his dog training business, Adams K-9, which started in his garage in 2009. He says work is still underway to transform the facility into a business that will serve up to 18 dogs a day.  Adams hopes to celebrate the business' grand opening by the end of April or early May. 

Adams retired with his police K-9 companion, Mojy in November.

My Town Wyoming: Gordmans building second store in West Michigan

My Town Wyoming: Gordmans building second store in West Michigan

WYOMING, Mich.—Norton Shores isn’t the only West Michigan community that will welcome a Gordmans store this year.

Construction is already underway on a second Gordmans in Wyoming.  The  50,000 square foot store will be located in front of the Home Depot, behind RiverTown Crossings Mall. 

City Planner Tim Cochran says construction on the new store was approved back in August 2013.  The free-standing building is expected to open late this summer.

New store expected to bring hundreds of jobs to Wyoming

New store expected to bring hundreds of jobs to Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich.—A new store being built in Wyoming is expected to bring 300 jobs to the area.

Construction has already begun on a Super Wal-Mart at 325 54th Street SW, east of U.S. 131.  The 182,680 square foot facility is being built on approximately half of the old VKW Hardwoods site.   Another section of the former 18-acre lumber yard was redeveloped into a Home Depot retail center about a decade ago.

Wyoming City Planner Tim Cochran says the  new Super Wal-Mart is expected to open late this summer.

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials:

Goodwill store grand opening Dec. 14

Goodwill store grand opening Dec. 14

WYOMING, Mich.—Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids’ newest store opens this Saturday, Dec. 14.

The new business is located at 870 28th St. SW, just west of the storefront Goodwill previously leased.  Unlike the old space, Goodwill’s new store features a donation drive through.  The LEED certified business has the same footprint as Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids’ new stores, with an airy boutique feel.

Pinnacle Construction Group began work on the new facility in mid-August.  The new store is expected to create at least 20 new full-time jobs.  According to Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids’ Facebook page, the grand opening celebration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.