DETROIT (AP) â€” Rocker Jack White has opened a Third Man Records store in his hometown, the Motor City.
The Grammy-nominated White â€” the singer, guitarist, drummer & producer who rose to acclaim in the duo The White Stripes â€” 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”