By: Renee Grant

Early this year, Aretha Franklin revealed she plans to retire from live performing after she releases her upcoming album this fall. While she said she didn’t plan to “just sit down and do nothing” after retiring, she hadn’t said what she planned to do with her coming free time.

Now, Franklin says she would like to open a nightclub in downtown Detroit, and may even occasionally make an appearance on stage there.

Speaking about her plans to the Detroit Free Press, Franklin says, “I’m interested in doing a small nightclub downtown, and … have been talking about this for a couple of years now. In my retirement plan, I’d like to have a small club here in Detroit.”

The club would be dubbed Aretha’s.

Bedrock Real Estate president Dan Mullen said in a statement that the company “would love to work with Aretha, and we look forward to hearing her ideas for a club downtown.”

Franklin moved to Detroit as a child and currently lives just outside the city in Bloomfield Hills.


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