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It seems NE Michigan is booming

While the national economy starts and stutters, it appears business is booming in Northeast Michigan.

In recent weeks, we have heard from reporter Steve Schulwitz that a local company plans to develop the long-vacant former Kmart property on U.S.-23 into an industrial startup hub. We’ve heard the former Alpena Power Co. property along the Thunder Bay River may be sold to a developer who plans a mix of commercial and residential operations at the site.

Earlier this summer, reporter Julie Riddle told us about John A. Lau’s reopening in Alpena, expansion at J.J.’s Steak & Pizza House, a new pizza joint, a new geocashing business, and a new gift shop.

And, earlier this month, reporter Crystal Nelson told us of a new brewpub, a new assisted living facility, and a new inn and cottage establishment in Rogers City.

We’re glad to see so much happening in our community, and we encourage our readers to make a point to visit as many of the new establishments as you can to help them prosper.

If each of those businesses take hold, Northeast Michigan will be well-positioned to weather whatever economic storms may blow across the nation.

(THE ALPENA NEWS)