FLINT TWP. — Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Flint Township still attracted new businesses and experienced commercial growth this year.
Throughout 2020, several businesses either relocated to Flint Township, started a new location or expanded by renovating an existing building. New businesses that opened in the township this year include Culver’s, McAlister’s Deli, Barrett Donut Mixes Inc., Value City Furniture and Ground Effects—an auto parts manufacturer.
Several businesses already located in Flint Township also expanded operations in 2020, including: SERVPRO, which is constructing a new location on Lennon Road near Dutcher Road; U-Haul, which has moved into the former Kmart building on Miller Road; and Northgate, a Flint Township area packaging company which purchased the former Lowe’s store on 2100 T A Mansour Boulevard this fall and is in the process of converting the building into a new warehouse.
Tracey Tucker, Economic Enhancement Director for Flint Township, said that over 500 jobs have been created from new and expanding businesses in 2020. She is also pleased to see vacant structures being repurposed for commercial operations.
“The great thing about the repurposing of buildings is that it created and retained jobs in Flint Township,” she said. “On the residential side, we saw quite a bit of new investment as well with the rehabilitation of properties. That’s a positive economic impact for us.”
Altogether, the township had $40.78 million in commercial investment and $4.716 million in residential investment in 2020.
New businesses are also expected to arrive in 2021, including PrintComm and the Tangy Crab seafood restaurant. Additionally, the former Town N Country Bowling Alley on 3282 Miller Road is being transformed into a retail center after sitting vacant for several years.
While Flint Township has seen its share of growth in 2020, the pandemic and state-imposed restrictions have hit local small businesses hard. Tucker, along with the township’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC), are helping business owners stay afloat by providing them with information on state and federal grants.
“COVID affected everything this year and impacted our small businesses in the area,” said Tucker. “Retail, restaurants and movie theaters are all struggling right now. But we’re trying to help existing businesses as best as we can looking forward to the New Year and welcoming new businesses here with open arms.”
In addition, the EDC launched the Discover Flint Township promotion to highlight local businesses like restaurants, salons, barbershops, credit unions, gyms and dealerships through social media and radio spots. A new website, discoverflinttownship.com, was also created to give prospective business owners an easy way to research the township’s demographics and resources.
Moving forward, the township plans to make major infrastructure upgrades around the township’s Corridor Improvement Authorities (CIAs) and high traffic business areas, such as Commerce and Exchange, Marketplace, TA Mansour, Lincour, Taft, Noridia and Holiday drives. The township is also investing in public safety and blight/beautification projects.
Businesses owners who are looking for grant assistance and other resources during the pandemic can visit Flinttownship.org for information or contact Tracey Tucker at 810-287- 1059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.