Carolyn Wilson, Beaumont executive vice president and chief operating officer, addresses media and members of the community during an event to announce some of the tenants at Woodward Corners Feb. 14.

Carolyn Wilson, Beaumont executive vice president and chief operating officer, addresses media and members of the community during an event to announce some of the tenants at Woodward Corners Feb. 14.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Beaumont Hospital announces tenants of Woodward Corners development

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 18, 2019

 An artist’s rendering shows what the Woodward Corners  commercial development,  located at 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, will look like.

An artist’s rendering shows what the Woodward Corners commercial development, located at 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, will look like.

Rendering provided by Beaumont Hospital

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ROYAL OAK — On Feb. 14, Beaumont Hospital held an event in the unfinished location of the future Wahlburgers restaurant at 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue to announce the names of businesses coming to Woodward Corners.

The $38.2 million, 117,000-square-foot commercial development features six buildings, including a new grocery store concept by Meijer called Woodward Corner Market. Beaumont has owned the property since the 1980s.

Other retailers include Beaumont Urgent Care; Brown Iron Brewhouse; Grabbagreen, a restaurant that says it features healthy on-the-go meals; New Order Coffee; Wahlburgers; and AKT, a dance-based cardio concept developed by celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser. The tentative openings for the first new businesses are set for June and July.

A five-story hotel is also being planned for the corner — the project is set to begin later this year.

Royal Oak Economic Development Manager Todd Fenton said the property used to include a Kroger, a strip mall center and a giant parking lot.

“A lot of people knew it because it was an ocean of parking that faced Woodward, and it was where you saw a lot of Woodward Dream Cruise parking,” Fenton said. “It’s one of the largest developments on the Woodward corridor and has spurred other development up and down the corridor.”

He said the 40,000-square-foot market run by Meijer — the development’s largest tenant — will be the second of its kind in Michigan. The first is called Bridge Street Market and is located in Grand Rapids.

“We’re excited and looking forward to the future. This is the first wave of announcements,” Fenton said. “I think this is going to be a destination not only for Royal Oak, but for southeast Oakland County and certainly parts of Wayne County.”

Carolyn Wilson, Beaumont executive vice president and chief operating officer, said limited space is still available in the development for more businesses that might be interested in the project.

“We’ve been on a journey trying to find the right mix of tenants for Beaumont’s team here at Royal Oak, our patients and families, and our neighbors here in Royal Oak,” Wilson said. “A community survey of local residents, our employees and patients guided our development of the property.”

Patti Eisenbraun, who launched the first Brown Iron Brewhouse in Washington Township four years ago with her husband, Tim, said they are excited to bring their beer-centric smokehouse to a second location.

“Especially for patients and people visiting the hospital, sometimes you just need to step away from the hospital for whatever reason and just take an exercise class or have a drink,” she said.

Woodward Corners will connect to the Beaumont Hospital campus via walking paths, and the area will include green space, landscaped gardens and community gathering areas, according to a Beaumont press release.

“As a destination medical center that includes a Proton Therapy Center, we care for local, out-of-state and international patients and families,” Beaumont President Nancy Susick said in a statement. “Woodward Corners by Beaumont will be a place where patients, families, community members, Beaumont staff, volunteers and physicians can take a break, relax, share a meal or do some shopping.”

The project will create hundreds of construction jobs, as well as permanent jobs at the center’s new hotel, retail and dining establishments, according to the press release.

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