Rocker Jack White's Third Man Records store opens in Detroit

Rocker Jack White's Third Man Records store opens in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Rocker Jack White has opened a Third Man Records store in his hometown, the Motor City.

The Grammy-nominated White — the singer, guitarist, drummer & producer who rose to acclaim in the duo The White Stripes — was on hand Friday for the satellite location's grand opening just north of downtown Detroit. Hundreds flocked to the store, which next year plans to launch a vinyl record pressing plant.

The shop opened with vinyl reissues from Tamla Records, including releases by Marvin Gaye, the Supremes & Miracles.

p>White founded Third Man in Detroit in 2001. He left Detroit for Nashville, Tennessee, where Third Man is based.

White & Shinola, a Detroit-based business that makes watches & other goods, jointly announced plans in June to buy the building housing Shinola.

The neighborhood, once considered part of Detroit's Cass Corridor, had been a mixture of aging houses & run-down buildings. But many of the crumbling structures have been torn down.

To the north is Detroit's strong Midtown neighborhood.

A $450 million, 20,000-seat hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings is being built approximately 10 blocks to the south & is scheduled to open in 2017. It will anchor a 45-block entertainment district.

"Everything in this neighborhood seems to me like the perfect place for the renaissance & the rebirth & the regrowth from the ashes that Detroit is going to rise from," White said Thursday night at a private party at the shop.

Fans started waiting in line Thursday morning for Friday's official opening. Some pitched tents outside the building.

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Source: “Associated Press”

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