Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Tuesday May 24, 2016
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed

Wild Bird Center Closing

Students not feeding the birds

by Shelley Daily

From the March, 2014 issue

By the time you read this, the Wild Bird Center in Plymouth Mall should be closed. "I don't have a definitive date," says Lisa Haanpaa, who's owned the franchise since 2009, but she planned to close "whenever the merchandise runs out" and no later than the end of February. Haanpaa says that transient students have replaced the settled, upper-income customers who patronized the store when Pfizer was across the street. Though she bought the franchise and took over the lease from previous owner Wayne Baker after Pfizer left town, at the time she didn't understand how the changing demographics would affect her business. Students, she says, don't usually feed birds. Haanpaa also owned a Wild Bird Center in Brighton, which she closed in 2010. "I guess I'll go back to accounting," her original profession, she sighs.

This article has been edited since it appeared in the March 2014 Ann Arbor Observer. The store's location has been corrected.    (end of article)

[Originally published in March, 2014.]

 



 
Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail
Ann Arbor Regent
Link to view the Ann Arbor Observer 2016 Media Guide
Follow the Ann Arbor Observer on Twitter
Holiday Inn Ann Arbor. Comfortable Hotel, a home away from home.
Become of Fan of the Ann Arbor Observer on Facebook
A link to the Summer Camps and Activities guide
Volvik L P G A championship