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      New shopping center for Calumet

      The stretch of land off of US-41 in Calumet will soon be home to Louie's Fresh Market and a hardware store.

      The $7 million project removed the remnants of an old gas station and now new buildings will be put in its place.

      â??We've been looking at it for a couple of years now and we finally made the decision after we got our studies back in October that we needed to make Louie's Fresh Market more available. We needed a better site. Where we're at right now is too hard to get into for campers and anything else," said Operations Manager Jason Meneguzzo.

      With shovels in hand, all of those who are a part of the project celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony. The Operations Manager says the project will be finished by the end of this year.

      â??They're actually starting footings now with the buildings. They're going to pour concrete today so you'll start to see it erect pretty quick," Meneguzzo said.

      The first phase is the foundation assembly. Construction workers will put in a 20-foot concrete block wall, and once construction is completed, it will become the hardware store.

      Along with the 10,000 square foot hardware store there will also be a gas station.

      "It's just great for the community and the location right here on Highway 41. So many people and tourists that come up to this area can see this site, and it will be a lot better than it looked before,â?? said Director of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Glen Tolksdorf.

      Louie's Fresh Market says with the new stores in place, over 30 jobs will be brought to the U.P. area.