Check out this great article from the Hopewell News about Hopewell’s continued business development in their downtown district:
The city is one step closer to getting a new business in downtown. A deal was finalized recently for the purchase of 246 E. Broadway and the plans call for a doughnut shop and a restaurant, though the concept of the restaurant is still in the works.
Dave McCormack, president of Waukeshaw Development Inc., purchased the building, with the demolition already taking place, and is working toward making it a destination for the people of Hopewell and the surrounding communities.
“We’re not totally nailed down on the second concept, so it will be two restaurants in that space,” he said. “We’re going to try to do something really cool and just try to bring a little bit more life to East Broadway.”
The building, located at 246 E. Broadway, was closed on over a month ago, McCormack said. He said by the end of the year, he hopes one side of the restaurant will be opened with the other side to follow and the entire project to be completed by next spring.
Earlier this year McCormack participated in the Community Business Launch Program, through the Hopewell Downtown Partnership. The program offered eight weeks, with three hours per week, of courses in the lessons of starting up a business and business development practices. McCormack was one of the four winners, receiving a $20,000 grant geared towards start-up expenses. He won for his concept of Fat Babs, a doughnut shop. The other winners were Marilyn Craig, with a $15,000 grant for her concept, a restaurant called The Greedy Spoon, Lamonz Taylor, with his concept of the “anti-gym,” K&J Fitness, also awarded with a $15,000 grant, and Craig Richards, for a $20,000 grant for Sweet Tooth, a chocolate and candy shop.
McCormack said Evan Kaufman, executive director of the Hopewell Downtown Partnership, was instrumental in getting him to the table and getting him involved with the program. McCormack praised the program, saying it was successful to the Hopewell community.