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Wally's Frozen Custard to Move to St. Clair Shores

The iconic frozen custard shop will be moving into a new building in St. Clair Shores later this year.

Wally's Frozen Custard will have a new home soon at a vacant parcel at Elizabeth and Harper in St. Clair Shores.

Wally's bright yellow building has beckoned families, sports teams and those seeking a frozen treat to the custard shop on Harper, in Harper Woods, since 1947.

St. Clair Shores residents Matt and Eliza Ahearn have owned Wally's for the past nine years and have  expanded offerings to include custard pies and catering. This has caused their business to outgrow its current location and look for a new home.

After an extensive search, the couple decided to build a new Wally's in their hometown.

"It is a real hard decision to make," said Matt Ahearn, a former St. Clair Shores city councilman, of the difficult decision to move. "We have outgrown the building."

The Ahearns will be moving Wally's from its current 700-square-foot location, with limited parking, to a 2,600 square foot building with ample parking and access from Harper.

They hope to break ground on the new building this spring, and open later this summer. The old location will stay open until just before the move.

"We are going to close the old store, and one week later, open the new store," said Eliza Ahearn.

The new building will feature the old-time, walk-up feature of the current location, but will have more outdoor seating area than the Harper Woods site. It will also feature a drive-thu window for frozen treats and items from an expanded menu.

Eliza Ahearn said the couple will open early to offer coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bagels and other items from they featured at The Galley Cafe, which they formerly operated at the .

Additionally they will have a production area for their pies, which are sold in nine restaurants including Mexican Bistro and . They hope local supermarkets will carry them, as well.

The new building will have a fire station theme and a bay for Wally's fire truck, which is used for catering events.

"It will be an experience," said Matt Ahearn. "What kid wouldin't want to eat ice cream at a fire station?"

sarah rabaut February 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I'm disappointed that they are moving because my family and I love walking to Wally's from our house during the summer. We will def make some trips in the car though to the new location bc we love their frozen custard :)
Joy March 01, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I've been going to Wally's for frozen custard every summer since I was a little girl. Now it is also my family's favorite place to go. We will support them in their new location. Wally's is a family tradition to all of us.
Steve Smith March 06, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Wait, so not only are they vacating a building on Harper with no other functional use - but with the 30+ empty buildings between 8 & 12 they are building a new one? Awesome. That's now 3 ice cream places within 2 miles wonder why the states so fat.
Mrs. Guest's Class May 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Crunch! A generous customer bites out of a custardy ice cream cone. The mouthwatering Wally's brings cheer to nearly 200 customers per day! The ice cream machine sprints as fast as a jet for your North Pole-cold custard. Taste buds automatically fall in love with the ice cream. Don't forget to go to Wally's for dessert! Ferry student
Trena Viviano June 26, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Go Wally GO !!!

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