New jewelry shop planned at former Big Boy site in Novi

There could be a new jewel at the gateway to Novi.

Tapper’s Jewelry submitted plans to the city to construct a brand-new showroom at the northeast corner of Eight Mile and Haggerty at the site of the former Big Boy restaurant, which closed last year. 

The plans call for demolishing the former restaurant building and creating a nearly-8,500-square-foot building that would house space the high-end jewelry retailer at the busy intersection on the border with Northville Township.

“It’s the first thing you see coming north on Haggerty,” said Ed Doyle, a vice president with Southfield-based JGA, a branded environments firm working with Tapper’s on the project. “The same thing with Eight Mile coming from the east. We think it’s a very, very important site.”