TRAVERSE CITY — This is the week of the downtown remodel.

Three core-area businesses temporarily closed this week to update their facilities.

Union Street Station, 117 S. Union St., is closed for remodeling until Friday. Workers are adding an extension to one end of the bar and are upgrading the floor.

Union Cantina, 127 S. Union St., is closed for remodeling until Thursday. It will reopen with a new name, Union Tap & Grill, and will feature an American menu instead if its former Mexican theme. Owner Matt Davies also operates Bad Dog Deli and Peninsula Grill on Old Mission, Riverwalk Grill and Tap Room in Elk Rapids and Western Avenue Grille in Glen Arbor.

Cherry Republic, 154 E. Front St., began construction today on what company officials call the largest store renovation in its history. The store entrance will get a makeover. The retail space and wine tasting area both will expand. The store currently has three entrances along the sidewalk and a U-shaped interior retail space. The center enclosed area, currently offices, will be opened up to add about 2,500-square feet of retail space to the current 3,000-square feet.

Cherry Republic plans to reopen the Traverse City store around April 1, said Jason Homa, vice president of sales and service.

"We don't want to miss the summer," Homa said.

A bakery and cafe will be added but may not be ready until after the store opens. The cafe will offer ice cream and hot sandwiches, said Homa.

"A goal with this expansion is to create a second flagship store like our store in Glen Arbor," a company release said. "This will allow us to better capture the essence of northern Michigan in both the new look and in the experience we give our customers."

During the months the store is closed, beginning Jan. 12, some Cherry Republic products will be available for purchase at Great Lakes Bath and Body, 110 E. Front St.

"It gives us the ability to have a presence in town," said Homa.

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