The historic post office in Plymouth, Michigan, was sold earlier this year, and now the new owner has announced that the space will be leased to the Westborn Market, which will be opening a specialty grocery store. Westborn is working with state and local officials, including Plymouth’s Historic District Commission, to make sure renovations are in keeping with the building’s original character. Mark Malcolm said there are plans to apply for the building to be listed with the National Register of Historic places.
The building’s lobby includes a four-panel mural, “Plymouth Trail,” that was commissioned by the Department of Treasury during the Great Depression. Painted by the Cuban-born Carlos Lopes, who taught at the University of Michigan, it depicts aspects of Plymouth’s past. The mural was restored in June by a Chicago art restoration company; the postal service retains ownership of it, and paid for the restoration, but as the building owners, the Malcolms are responsible for preserving it. Read more.