Sure, the region is abuzz about finally getting a Cheesecake Factory. But what about a little buzz for a real food “factory,” in the more literal sense of the word?
Avalon International Breads has been working hard on revitalizing a 50,000 square foot warehouse to house the bakery’s growing wholesale, retail business as well as baking facilities. The $2.2 million dollar project will in time double their Detroit workforce.
“Our phenomenal expansion into grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and new retail outlets has far exceeded the capacity of our original 2,000 square foot production and retail flagship store (422 W. Willis),” said Ann Perrault, president and CEO of Avalon International Breads. “As the city of Detroit continues its renaissance, Avalon is also growing into this formerly-vacant manufacturing facility and will create much-needed jobs for the area, as well as providing a space to support other small businesses as they grow.”
Avalon has become a staple in metro Detroit since their first loaf of bread in 1997. The bakery supplies numerous restaurants and cafes, with their organic breads and goodies. If you have ever been to places like Mae’s in Pleasant Ridge, Vinology in Ann Arbor, Chez Zara in Detroit (amongst others), you have had Avalon bread or sweets.
They also have their own café in the Henry Ford Hospital’s West Grand Blvd. building called the “Eat Well. Do Good café.” The cafe name comes from Avalon’s motto, “Eat Well. Do Good.” It’s the key to Avalon’s success.
Not only do they also work hard to revitalize Detroit, they use the most organic flour in the country. And, the new facility to use that flour, dubbed “Avalon City Ovens,” is located in a Detroit city eastside neighborhood, over on 4731 Bellevue (near E. Forest).
Avalon has had some help in making this happen. Their partners in the loan to make this project a reality include Invest Detroit, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Whole Foods, the Small Business Administration and Main Street Bank.
It’s important to note that this new warehouse will be the center for its artisan production, and Avalon’s first storefront at 422 W. Willis in the Midtown area will stay open as their flagship store where you can get your sea salt chocolate chip cookies, soups, breads, and much more.