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Mike Riehls
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December 26, 2013
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — It’s something to make Popeye’s heart flutter:

An olive oil store is opening in the Village.

A-gah-gah-gah-gah.

Giuseppe’s International Oils and Vinegar sells extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, related products and accessories, according to documents the City of Grosse Pointe council used Monday, Dec. 16, to approve the store’s site plan.


“(The company) mixes them on site and sell them,” said John Jackson, executive vice president of McKenna Associates, the city’s planning consultant and a resident of the city.

Giuseppe’s is moving into a roughly 1,000-square-foot former law office above Bayne Optical on Kercheval Place, a one-way accessory behind stores on Kercheval between Notre Dame and Cadieux.

“It’s wonderful that we have a retail tenant who wants to move there,” said Mayor Dale Scrace.

“The proposed use will be compatible with surrounding retail and will add vibrancy to Kercheval Place,” he said.

Entrance to the business is off of Kercheval Place.

“It is not anticipated that the proposed use will generate a greater parking demand than what is currently provided,” Jackson said.

Giuseppe’s owner isn’t planning to change to the building’s facade or increase exterior lighting, according to Jackson.

“We recommend any new signage is reviewed and approved administratively, provided that it is in compliance with (municipal) standards and design guidelines,” he said.


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