Ferndale Dollar Castle Closes Its Doors

The space on West Nine Mile Road is now listed for lease.

Dollar Castle in downtown Ferndale has closed its doors, a representative from the company's headquarters confirmed Tuesday.

The prominent space at 200 West Nine Mile Road is now listed for lease, and signs on the building state "store closed," though a cash advance business may still be operating inside the store temporarily.

The owner of the franchise could not be reached for comment.

Chris Hughes, communications and marketing manager for the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority, had no details about the store's closing but said there has been some discussion about what might go in that location next.

Hughes said the news has been a disappointment to many. "Nobody really wants them to be gone," she said.

Dollar Castle, which is based in West Bloomfield, has 17 other locations in Michigan. A representative from the headquarters, who asked not to be named, didn't know what the store's official closing date was but said it is no longer open for business.

David Gifford October 31, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Maybe this could become a bowling alley or a grocery store? Bummer to see a business close downtown Ferndale though.
Gay October 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Kinda of old news. Drove by two weeks ago and saw the store closing signs in the window. Went by two days later and the doors were already locked. Sad to see them go, one of the nicest dollar stores I've been in (and I was there frequently).
R.L. November 01, 2012 at 12:44 AM
The newer dollar store near the east 9 mile CVS just closed too!
R.L. November 01, 2012 at 12:51 AM
The Radio shack will close and move to the new Meijer complex at state fair when it open. It appears to me that the City does not want any anchor worthy business in the town just independent business.
Deanne Iovan November 01, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Not that I want any business to close in our great little downtown, but does the world really need another dollar store? I hope someone moves in that sells stuff that's not junky and made in China. Nine Mile could use a little upgrade!
Greg Pawlica November 01, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I remember when Dollar Castle was first talking about moving into that space. So many residents were concerned that it would turn the downtown into something cheap. Surprise to many when it became a really nice, well maintained business that provided a lot of things to so many people. Dollar stores today are the Woolworths and Kresgees of yesterday...and is what the Ferndale Dollar store tried to be. Unlike so many other dollar stores, the isles were wide and the shelves were always nicely stocked. Sure, the items were cheap/inexpensive things, but what do you expect for a buck? And where coud you get helium filled balloons for 50 cents?
Frank Castronova November 01, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Whether you liked it or not, at least the Dollar Castle stayed in that location for several years (I don't know how many), and was a vast improvement over the Shopper's World that was previously there. Nobody can say as much for the ladies' clothing boutiques that only seem to stay in business for a year or less, only to be replaced with similarly tenured clothing boutiques.
Margaret Rayburn November 01, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Best of luck to Mark & Nathan from the Dollar Castle. They were a huge asset to downtown Ferndale & will be missed. They kept a clean store, were extremely friendly (along with their staff) & the USPS annex was a major convenience. You will be missed!
detroit darkroom November 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Was best $ store ever! Libby glass ware for $1.00 ea,, sells at Macys for much more. Name brand toothpaste, cleaning supplies, eyelash curlers, duct tape, cheap paint brushes for small projects, & on &on. And they knew where everything was,& very friendly. Not looking forward to paying much more for stuff everywhere else, driving all over,spending more time...
Carey Gustafson November 04, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I got Marks attention the last time I saw him in there and the door was locked. He came out and I shook his hand and asked why he was leaving. He'd lost his wife a few years ago and with two High School aged boys, he wasn't keeping up enough at home and decided to close. He was misty eyed telling me and I was, too. He tickled my little gals cheek and thanked us for being such excellent patrons. He said he'd be back in downtown Ferndale in the future and to look for him. NOT as a dollar store, but something else. I said we would.
Carey Gustafson November 04, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Ferndale Resident November 04, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Thanks for the update, Carey. I didn't know that he lost his wife- things make a bit more sense now. I'm excited for the day he decides to come back to Ferndale!


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