The new Blain’s Farm and Fleet store in Walker, Michigan is the standard Blain’s prototype that includes retail space and an auto service center, but the construction experience was anything but standard. The project broke ground according to plan in December 2019 which is not the most opportune time to begin construction in Michigan, but cold weather soon became the least of the team’s concerns. In April 2020, work was halted by executive order from Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, as part of her pandemic mitigation plan. The balance of the project was like an unchoreographed ballet with relentless focus and energy despite uncertain outcomes and an unprecedented cast of performers.
Size: 112,600 square feet on 14-acre site
Architect: MJM Architects, Nashville, TN