The Village of Rochester Hills

The Village of Rochester Hills is an upscale retail lifestyle center located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, a suburb on the northern outskirts of Metro Detroit. Built in 2002, the center replaced a former enclosed shopping mall called Meadowbrook Village Mall. The Village of Rochester Hills features more than forty inline tenants as well as one anchor store: Whole Foods Market. The second anchor store, Carson's closed on August 29, 2018, and will be replaced by Von Maur.

The Village of Rochester Hills
LocationRochester Hills, Michigan, United States
Coordinates42°41′02.9″N 83°11′34.2″W / 42.684139°N 83.192833°W / 42.684139; -83.192833Coordinates: 42°41′02.9″N 83°11′34.2″W / 42.684139°N 83.192833°W / 42.684139; -83.192833
AddressWalton Blvd. @ S. Adams Rd.
Opening dateSeptember 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
DeveloperRobert B. Aikens & Associates
OwnerRobert B. Aikens & Associates
No. of stores and services40+
No. of anchor tenants2 (1 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area375,000 square feet (34,800 m2)
No. of floors1 (2 in former Carson's)


The northeastern corner of Walton Boulevard and Adams Road in Rochester Hills, Michigan was originally occupied by Meadowbrook Village Mall. This was a small enclosed shopping mall built in 1976,[1] which did not feature any major anchor stores,[2] and Frank's Nursery & Crafts as the largest tenant.[3]

Starting in the mid-1980s, Meadowbrook Village Mall's owners, Robert B. Aikens & Associates, had made unsuccessful attempts to attract national chain stores to the mall. In 1996, the company made the decision to demolish the property for a lifestyle center complex anchored by a Parisian department store and a Farmer Jack Food Emporium supermarket,[2] with the other stores arranged along a "main street."[4] The Village of Rochester Hills opened on September 20, 2002 as the Detroit area's first lifestyle center,[5] with more than fifty inline tenants, including the largest Talbots clothing store in the state,[6] and the state's first Coldwater Creek.[7] Upon opening the Village of Rochester Hills store, Detroit became the second most-profitable market for the Parisian chain.[8]

In 2006 and 2007, Belk acquired the Parisian name and converted most of the Parisian stores to the Belk name,[9] although the three Parisian stores in Michigan were sold to The Bon-Ton, which retained the Parisian name for these stores. Farmer Jack closed the last of its stores in 2007 when its parent company, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), decided to exit the Detroit market, and Whole Foods Market moved from an existing store into the former Farmer Jack building.[10]

Parisian was re-branded to Carson's in January 2013.[11]

On April 18, 2018, it was announced that Carson's would be closing due to The Bon-Ton going out of business. The store closed on August 29, 2018.[12] The store was sold to Von Maur, which plans to open there in 2020.[13]

In April 2019, Barnes & Noble opened a new store at the Village. This is a concept store, smaller than most Barnes & Noble locations.


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  2. ^ a b Brandon Boswell (2001-09-01). "Center Profile: A Lifestyle Change". Retail Traffic. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  3. ^ "When the Walls Come Tumblin' Down". Retail Operations and Construction. 2001-07-16. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  4. ^ Brent Snavely (2002-08-05). "Article: Street dreams; It's hardly a city, but Bruce Aikens hopes the Village of Rochester Hills will function like a downtown shopping district". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 2009-10-28.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Traffic Patterns". Retail Traffi Mag. 2005-04-01. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  6. ^ Lorene Yue (2002-09-20). "New Detroit-Area Mall Mimics Old Downtown". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  7. ^ Jennifer Bott (2002-07-12). "Catalog Company to Open First Michigan Store". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  8. ^ Brent Snavely (2002-12-09). "Parisian feels magnifique over results in Detroit area". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 2009-10-28.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Belk, Inc. Announces Agreement With Saks Incorporated to Acquire Parisian Department Stores". PR Newswire. 2006-08-02. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  10. ^ "Rochester Hills Whole Foods to move". The Detroit News. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
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