The Grand Rapids Drive are the Detroit Pistons’ Development League team. Courtesy Grand Rapids Drive
A minor league basketball team is filling a high-profile vacancy downtown.
The city’s new NBA Development League team, the Grand Rapids Drive, said today that they will move into a retail space in Grand Rapids this month in MoDiv, at the corner of Monore Center and Division Avenue.
The storefront will serve as a merchandise outlet and ticket window for the team that starts play in November. The Drive are the Detroit Pistons' D-League team.
The Drive’s space will be the corner spot, which was recently filled by Haworth | Interphase.
“Having a retail storefront in downtown Grand Rapids will help build excitement for the Drive,” said Steve Jbara, president, Grand Rapids Drive. “Monroe Center offers the team and its merchandise great exposure, a chance to help connect with the community.”
Rockford Development is the owner and property management company of the space.
“We think the NBA D-League is a perfect tenant for MoDiv,” said Mike Mraz, partner, Rockford Development. “Especially in the corner spot — seen from Division, Fulton and Monroe Center — the space will serve the team very well."