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We are so pleased to see you are interested in opening up shop in Downtown Grayling!

Grayling is a delightful community in the Heart of Northern Michigan, and on the cusp of incredible growth. Right now we have several development projects in the beginning stages that including an increase in commercial retail space on Michigan Ave, our Main Street, as well and new residential opportunities in Downtown Grayling. These exciting projects are in preparation for the economic growth spurred by the new Arauco plant being constructed just outside of Grayling. The Arauco project is projected to begin employment recruiting in late 2017, and be up and running before the end of 2018.

Below you will find some resources regarding business development here is Grayling. We strive to update the information as quickly as possible when changes are made. We also suggest visiting the City of Grayling Zoning and Economic Development website for detailed information regarding specific development sites.

Additionally, our Economic Vitality committee is hard at work updating the list of local lenders, and ways to access capital for your new business. As soon as that project is completed you will see a new button on the bottom of the page. If you can’t wait to get started on your new adventure give Rae, our Program Director, a call, 989 390 7689, and she can get you some information so you can get the ball rolling.

Thank you so much for considering Downtown Grayling for your new business. We look forward to welcoming you to the neighborhood!


What is a Pop-Up?

A temporary shop or display in a vacant building, or existing business, to show off or test your specialty.


Who can Pop-Up?

ANYONE! If you have a product, service, or idea you want to share with the community this is for you.


Why should I?

Pop-ups are a relatively low risk opportunity to “test the waters” with a product, service, or idea, in our area.


How do I get more information?

Call or email GMSt. They can tell you more about the benefits and logistics of pop-up shops.

GMSt can connect you with a property owner for a short-term engagement!

Phone: 989 390 7689

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