Ann Arbor Granite from the Ann Arbor Commerce Park to a new showroom on Jackson Road in front of the Quality 16 theaters. Keene says that as granite gets more affordable, home owners are using it for more than just counters. In the most unusual application he's come across, a couple asked him to face their kitchen cabinets with granite-not on the outside, on the inside. "It blew me away," he says. "They wanted it to match the rest of the granite in the kitchen, and nobody will ever see it." Even if you leave the doors open, he points out, "your canned vegetables will be blocking it." Ann Arbor Granite, 3780 Jackson Road in front of the Quality 16 Theaters, 477-0477, (800) GOT-ROCK. Mo..."/>
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Big George's Clearance Mart is gone from the old Arbor Farms building on West Stadium-but "we didn't close it. It just moved into the main store," says Big George's vice-president Mark Bishar. "We only had a one-year lease and decided not to renew it," he continues, explaining that the separate storefront, down the street from the main store, ultimately seemed like a disservice to customers. "Who isn't looking for a deal? A lot of people were walking back and forth between the two stores. We do thirty to forty thousand dollars a month in 'scratch and dent'"-that's the behind-the-scenes term for what Big George's was selling at the clearance mart. Bishar says his company's online store (www.big-georges.com) is really the place to go for clearance deals anyway, because with that merchandise moving so fast, it's hard to keep the display inventory current.    (end of article)

[Originally published in October, 2008.]

 

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