Aretha Franklin Reveals Post-Retirement Plan to Open Nightclub in Detroit

Aretha Franklin singing.
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Nightclub owners demand a certain level of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, and Aretha Franklin is about to find out what that means to her.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press this week, the iconic musician revealed that, upon her previously announced retirement at the end of this year, she will move back to her hometown of Detroit and open a nightclub. "I'm interested in doing a small nightclub downtown, and [Bruce Schwartz, Detroit relocation ambassador for Bedrock Real Estate Services] and I have been talking about this for a couple of years now," Franklin told the newspaper. Bedrock Real Estate Services President Dan Mullen said in a statement to the Detroit Free Press that the company "would love to work with Aretha, and we look forward to hearing her ideas for a club downtown."

The "Natural Woman" singer also shared that she will occasionally grace clubgoers with her legendary vocal talents. "From time to time I would sing, and of course, I would have special artists come in to perform for the city that people in Detroit like — Detroit favorites," she said, adding that the name of the club is a no-brainer: "It would be Aretha's!" Franklin, who currently resides in Bloomfield Hills, a suburb of Detroit, said she is tying up loose ends in preparation for her return to the city limits, where she grew up. "I'm cleaning house," she said. "I'm going to be moving back into Detroit, and I'm just getting things ready for that. My granddaughter just went to college, so I'm spending time with my grandchildren, and I'm also readying the new CD."

The 75-year-old announced her retirement earlier this year, telling Detroit TV station WDIV Local 4 in February that although she will continue recording new music, 2017 will mark her last year of touring. "I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now," she said at the time. "I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn't be good either." Franklin's next album is due out sometime later this year, and she told WDIV she had enlisted the help of longtime friend Stevie Wonder for the project, which she described as "kind of multi-[directional]." "Of course, several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie," she said. "There's only one Stevie, right?" Yes, and only one Aretha Franklin.

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