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Penn Station to Fill Former Blockbuster Video Space in Plymouth

Plymouth location will be first of 15 new restaurants in Metro Detroit for sub chain.

A new eatery is coming to Plymouth this fall, filling the space at 44431 W. Ann Arbor Road formerly occupied by , which closed earlier this year.

Penn Station East Coast Subs has signed an agreement to open 15 new restaurants in the Detroit area over the next eight years, according to a news release from the chain. This expansion marks the largest deal Penn Station has signed in recent years the release said.

The first restaurant will open this fall in the former Blockbuster Video spot in the Kroger Plaza at the corner of Ann Arbor Road and Sheldon Road in Plymouth and the second will open in the first quarter of 2013 in Taylor, the news release said.

The group is targeting Livonia, Royal Oak, Warren, Troy, and several other cities in the metro Detroit area for their next locations.

The entrepreneurs behind the business are Elliott Baum, Mike McKinley, Michael Horowitz and managing partner Stewart Napier, the news release said. Napier started working at Burger King when he was 15 as an hourly employee. He moved up the ladder to hourly manager, assistant manager, restaurant manager and district manager before he became director of operations. Napier stayed as director of operations for a local Burger King franchisee for almost 13 years.

“The restaurant business is in my blood. This isn’t a career change for me; I am simply taking my experience and skill set and expanding into a new and exciting brand,” Napier said in the news release. “I was looking for a franchise that provided top-quality food made fresh for customers in a simple operation with great corporate support. Elliott (Baum) was the one who pointed out Penn Station and after I tried it at the Novi location I was hooked. Not only did I pursue a franchise opportunity, I became a loyal customer of Penn Station.”

Originally founded in Cincinnati, OH, in 1985, Penn Station is an upscale, fast-casual restaurant renowned for its legendary Philadelphia Cheesesteak Sub sandwich, served hot and made-to-order on freshly baked French bread, the news release said. Penn Station serves a variety of hot and cold subs, as well as fresh, hand-cut, made-to-order French fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made several times daily and chocolate chunk cookies baked fresh in the restaurant.

Penn Station has more than 235 restaurants in 13 states including Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Bryan Bentley (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Looks good! Nice to see an empty property filled in this economy...
John McKay (Editor) June 02, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Bryan - have you been following along with our Visions for Vacancies segment each week? :)
Jeffery Maloney June 04, 2012 at 12:37 AM
This is great news, I visit the Penn Station in Westland quite often, "AMAZING" sandwiches, two of my favorites are the Steak n Cheese and the Reuben, sometimes with Corned Beef and other times Turkey, what i love about there Steak n Cheese is they use Bananna Peppers instead of Green Peppers.
Patrick June 04, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I'm excited to see that the space will be filled soon. I've always liked the Penn Station in Westland - Great fries!
Jessie P September 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Woooo Hooooo!!! I LOVE ME SOME PENN STATION!!! I go to the Westland one all the time. I live at Ann Arbor and Sheldon and this one will be walking distance! I'm tempted to get a part-time job there just for the discount!!! Yay for Penn Station!

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