12/29/2011 08:25 am ET

Eastern Market Institution

Longtime patrons of Detroit's Eastern Market got a good scare in October with the announcement that the venerable R. Hirt Jr. company, founded in 1887 and run by four generations of the same family, was closing its doors. As it turned out, fortunately for fans of the vendor of specialty goods, the store won't be closed for good. It's actually closing for a mild renovation and passing back into the hands of another Hirt descendant, the man who ran it until recently, David DeVries.

Officially speaking, DeVries gains occupancy of the building Jan. 1, and the renovation should be done by March.

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