Project Profile

John Varvatos


Historic Retail Buildout

Rock’n Results

Sachse Construction led the historic renovation of the Wright-Kay Building in downtown Detroit including adding a 4,000 square foot John Varvatos high-end retail store. The multi-level, designer clothing store features an original cast iron and stone façade, unique interior mezzanine level, and a stage for live performances.

The project team worked to complete the store buildout in approximately four months, restoring the exterior, interior mezzanine, first floor, and basement in time for the store’s opening. The space had been vacant for over a decade. Improperly made renovations and general neglect by previous tenants severely damaged the property.

The renovated mezzanine layout offers a theatre-like view of the main floor area and stage. The stage was constructed to be unobtrusive to the overall building design but fitted with advanced electrical and wiring equipment for performers. By day, the stage doubles as a display area and appears original to the space.

In total, Sachse Construction was able to refurbish every original detail of the building that was salvageable. The project team installed replaced systems and added new additions discreetly to maintain the building’s historical aesthetic.