Metro Detroit’s cold-pressed juice purveyor Drought is preparing to shut down two of its Southeast Michigan stores. The Berkley-based operation owned by the James sisters will close down its Birmingham and Ann Arbor retail shops in mid-November, per a release.
The fancy organic juice brand had previously confirmed plans to relocate its shop inside Chrysler House in downtown Detroit to the forthcoming Shinola Hotel. That location will be situated in the Farmer Street alley portion of the boutique hotel property next to the Hudson’s site. It’s on track to open this fall.
The juice cleanse brand, which sells its products in hefty glass bottles, was founded in 2010 and has been in expansion mode for several years now, opening shops in Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, and beyond. Last spring, Drought opened a sprawling 15,000-square-foot refrigerated production facility in Berkley. The closures of the Ann Arbor and Birmingham stores are part of an effort by the company to begin distributing nationwide and the James sisters are seeking their first-ever outside investors to help fund that growth.