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Culver's building new restaurant in DeWitt

Colliers West Michigan helps secure national brand for site redevelopment

The DeWitt area is getting a new option for casual fast food dining when a Culver's, best known for its Butterburgers and frozen custard, opens next year. 

Colliers Lansing team Shawn and Julie O'Brien worked with both the seller and Culver's franchisees to get necessary approvals for redeveloping that site at Herbison Road and South US-27BR in DeWitt for the new restaurant. The space was formerly an L&L Foods. 

"This is a very exciting development for the community of DeWitt, especially in an area bustling with activity and in need for redevelopment at this particular site," said Shawn O'Brien, vice president with Colliers Lansing. "Colliers Lansing was honored to work with longtime clients to get this deal done and help facilitate the location of a delicious new restaurant in DeWitt." 

Franchisee Cory Chvala plans to open the restaurant in the first quarter of 2022. Chvala, who opened his first Culver's in 2004, owns three other successful Culver's locations in the Lansing area. Chvala had been eyeing another location in DeWitt for some time. 

"We really like the community and the proximity to the business district," Chvala said. "It's one of the main thoroughfares people travel and has a lot of activity. We're excited to be able to welcome local employees and customers to our new location." 

The site is near several other popular retailers and restaurants and has been being redeveloped for the last several years. The Looking Glass Child Development Center was constructed about four years ago as the first phase. Culver's will be the second phase of the project, leaving 1.1 acres between the two uses for another retail use. 

"Culver's will make a great addition to the site and the DeWitt community," said Kelly Preston, owner of the site. "We're looking forward to the redevelopment and are confident it will help attract more retailers to the area." 

The new Culver's location is currently hiring for management for the DeWitt location and accepting applications for team members. Chvala will hire about 70 people initially.  

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Julie OBrien

Vice President


I joined Colliers in 2019 bringing more than 25 years of client/customer service experience to the Colliers team. I have worked in commercial real estate as an industrial advisor and team leader with a focus on growing the mid-Michigan industrial sector since 2011. My experience includes seller/landlord and purchaser/ tenant representation, site selection, broker’s valuation assistance and numerous other real estate services. I take great pride in the relationships I have developed with my clients while providing the highest quality of service to fulfill their unique real estate needs.

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Shawn OBrien

Vice President


I service the Greater Lansing Area. With over two decades of commercial real estate experience, I bring a background of retail property sales and leasing, land brokerage, and investment properties throughout Mid-Michigan. Previously, I was a senior vice president for a Lansing-based commercial real estate firm for 19 years. At Colliers, I specialize in brokerage sales/leasing, site selection for retail, mixed-use properties, and land. I also provide brokerage and development consulting, acquistion, or disposition of investment properties throughout Michigan. 

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