Ecorse Road Corridor

New Businesses Spark Economic Growth


Major construction and business renovations will be breathing new life into the Taylor Commons Shopping Center, where the old Dunham’s and Taco Bell sites have been otally refurbished. The former Dunham’s location at 21520 Ecorse Road behind Applebee’s is the new home of Measurement Incorporated. The corporation is investing $350,000 on interior renovations for the 300-plus-job site. Taco Bell has undergone a complete tear down and rebuild at its location at 21700 Ecorse Road. 

The entire Taylor Commons has been renovated, and a new Crunch Fitness is adding to the increased foot traffic.

The business ventures will breathe new life into the center, which houses a Dollar Tree and Secretary of State sites.

Less than a mile away, Kroger expanded, an $8.8M investment, and a Pets Supplies Plus was built.

The Kroger Marketplace Story

The Taylor location of Kroger officially re-opened in 2016 after a major renovation and expansion. The store, at 7000 Monroe, was remodeled and expanded into a nearly 100,000-square-foot shopping experience.The opening marked the end of an $8.8 million dollar investment.

Store manager Jim Fox said it is now one of the largest in Michigan. The store offers a fuel station, large floral department, sushi bar and more. Also new is an expanded deli, larger pet department and the relocation of the pharmacy to allow the installation of a drive through. It also introduced ClickList, Kroger’s popular new online grocery ordering service.

Pia's Celebrates 60 Years in Business

The City of Taylor and Wayne County each took the time to recognize Pia’s Ristorante Italiano, 21142 Ecorse Road, as it celebrated its 60th year in business. Mayor Rick Sollars and his family, along with Wayne County representativeds, visited Pia’s and helped one of the restaurant’s founders, Josephine Pecci, celebrate the milestone.

Mayor Sollars talked about how Mrs. Pecci was born and raised in Supino, a province of Frosinone, Italy, before she came to America in 1954 with her father and four siblings to begin a new life. The following year, Pia’s started as a pizzeria pickup-only location – and was the first pizzeria in Taylor Township. Josephine and her late husband, Luigi, built the location into what it is today, using her original recipes to lure a never-ending line of satisfied customers. Daughter Dina now runs Pia’s – although Josephine still takes an active role. 

Taylor Town Continues Improvements

The Taylor Town Shopping Center, Ecorse and Pardee, continued to make improvements in 2016. It houses mainstays like Recoil FirearmsGreat Lakes Ace Hardware, Dorsey School of BeautyFamily Dollar, and the Taylor Town Trade Center (market).

Atlas Oil Company Combines with Empire Petroleum

Headquartered on Ecorse Road west of Telegraph, Atlas Oil is a premier national fuel supply, logistics and services company delivering comprehensive solutions to customers throughout the distribution life cycle, from crude oil E & P companies to refineries to commercial end users nationwide, Atlas Oil combined with Empire Petroleum in 2015. Aside from combining retail business with Empire, Atlas Oil fuels operations for two Grand Prix Events (Detroit and Tampa); was named one of the 50 Most Social Brands for second consecutive year by DBusiness; sponsored a Second K9 Dog named "Simon" for City of Taylor Police Department; and launched #RespectTheRig social media campaign to encourage safe driving around big rigs.