The City of Detroit is an underserved retail market. Retail leakage is conservatively estimated to be in excess of $1.7 billion annually. This translates in to demand for roughly an additional 8 million square feet of retail space in the city across all retail sectors. DEGC has undertaken several demographic and psychographic studies to better understand the opportunities for retail development in Detroit neighborhoods and downtown.  
The DEGC has two programs focused on expanding and enhancing Detroit's retail and grocery options.  
  • The Green Grocer Project - was designed to help create competitive, sustainable grocery offerings in Detroit while improving fresh food offerings for residents 
  • REVOLVE Detroit was designed to foster the evolution and vibrancy of Detroit's neighborhood business districts.