Nickerson Farms - Marshall MI

Address: 18901 Partello Rd
City: Marshall
State: MI
Zip: 49068
County: Calhoun
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General Information:

I have driven by this place a few times and I have never seen it open. I always wondered what it was so I did some digging. It has housed many businesses over the years but none of them really panned out. It is right off the I-94 exit at Partello so it does get a decent traffic count. It has been (not necessarily in this order):

  • Nickerson Farms
  • Highway Spa
  • Esquire Spa
  • Highway Massage
  • Sports Rock Grille & Bar
  • Little Mack Entertainment
  • Partello Toys and Video

Pretty much all of these save for the sports bar and Nickerson Farms were adult in nature. The building went up some time around 1972 as Nickerson Farms. It had a canopy with gas pumps underneath at one end back then. I will also note there is an addition that was added to the rear of the building since it was constructed in the early 70's. I am not sure what function it served.

About Nickerson Farms (from Wikipedia):

Nickerson Farms was an American roadside restaurant franchise that existed between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s. It was started by I. J. Nickerson, a former Stuckey's franchisee who did not agree with that chain's rules and regulations. Nickerson Farms had as many as sixty restaurants located along Interstate highways, mainly in the Midwestern United States.

Each Nickerson Farms location had a full-room restaurant, with a gift shop. Honey, collected from on-site beehives, could also be purchased at Nickerson Farms stores. The majority of Nickerson Farms locations sold Skelly gasoline and other petroleum products. Here is a list of Nickerson Farms Michigan locations:

  • Fowlerville - I-96 and Fowlerville Exit (This is now Fowlerville Farms - building exists but has been modified)
  • Marshall - I-94 and Partello Rd (This location)
  • Ottawa Lake - US-23 and Sterns Rd (See photos below - vacant)
  • Pinconning - I-75 and Pinconning Rd (Now trucking company - photos below)
  • Bellville - I-94 and Belleville Rd (I am sure this one existed but I have no photographic evidence of it)
  • Hartland - US-23 and M-59 (I looked for historical evidence of this one and found none)

There was an attempt by investors to make this place a strip club in 1991 but that was met with opposition from Marshall officials and local residents. The building was for sale in 2004 for $775K, but it was in better shape back then. It sits empty as of 2023.

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Nickerson Farms - May 2021 - Marshall Location (newer photo)
May 2021 - Marshall Location (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - May 2021 - Marshall Location (newer photo)
May 2021 - Marshall Location (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - May 2021 - Marshall Location (newer photo)
May 2021 - Marshall Location (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Real Estate Photo Earlier 2000S - Marshall Location (newer photo)
Real Estate Photo Earlier 2000S - Marshall Location (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - 2019 Street View - Marshall Location (newer photo)
2019 Street View - Marshall Location (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - 1975 Aerial - Marshall Location (newer photo)
1975 Aerial - Marshall Location (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - 1981 Aerial - Marshall Location (newer photo)
1981 Aerial - Marshall Location (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Typical Nickerson Sign Similar To Marshall Version
Typical Nickerson Sign Similar To Marshall Version
Nickerson Farms - Us23 And Sterns Rd Ottawa Lake Location - Vacant (newer photo)
Us23 And Sterns Rd Ottawa Lake Location - Vacant (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Us23 And Sterns Rd Ottawa Lake Location - Vacant (newer photo)
Us23 And Sterns Rd Ottawa Lake Location - Vacant (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Us23 And Sterns Rd Ottawa Lake Location - Vacant (newer photo)
Us23 And Sterns Rd Ottawa Lake Location - Vacant (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Us23 And Sterns Rd Ottawa Lake Location - Vacant (newer photo)
Us23 And Sterns Rd Ottawa Lake Location - Vacant (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Us23 And Sterns Rd Ottawa Lake Location - Vacant (newer photo)
Us23 And Sterns Rd Ottawa Lake Location - Vacant (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - 1972 Aerial (newer photo)
1972 Aerial (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - 3975 N 7 Mile Rd - Pinconning Location (newer photo)
3975 N 7 Mile Rd - Pinconning Location (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - 3975 N 7 Mile Rd - Pinconning Location (newer photo)
3975 N 7 Mile Rd - Pinconning Location (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Fowlerville Location - 941 S Grand Ave (newer photo)
Fowlerville Location - 941 S Grand Ave (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Fowlerville Location - 941 S Grand Ave (newer photo)
Fowlerville Location - 941 S Grand Ave (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Fowlerville Location - 941 S Grand Ave (newer photo)
Fowlerville Location - 941 S Grand Ave (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Jan 1977 Ad (newer photo)
Jan 1977 Ad (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - 15 Aug 1979 Op-Ed (newer photo)
15 Aug 1979 Op-Ed (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Apr 13 1977 Menu (newer photo)
Apr 13 1977 Menu (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Aug 1995 Sports Bar
Aug 1995 Sports Bar
Nickerson Farms - Dec 1976 Ad
Dec 1976 Ad
Nickerson Farms - Dec 1995 Review For Sports Bar
Dec 1995 Review For Sports Bar
Nickerson Farms - Dec 1996 Sports Bar
Dec 1996 Sports Bar
Nickerson Farms - Jan 1977 Ad (newer photo)
Jan 1977 Ad (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - June 26 1991 Attempt At Strip Club
June 26 1991 Attempt At Strip Club
Nickerson Farms - Mar 1977 Ad (newer photo)
Mar 1977 Ad (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Mar 1982 Ad (newer photo)
Mar 1982 Ad (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - May 1970 Article (newer photo)
May 1970 Article (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - May 1973 Article
May 1973 Article
Nickerson Farms - Nov 2012 Massage Joint
Nov 2012 Massage Joint
Nickerson Farms - Oct 1984 Ad (newer photo)
Oct 1984 Ad (newer photo)
Nickerson Farms - Sept 2004 For Sale
Sept 2004 For Sale
Nickerson Farms - Sept 2007 Book Store
Sept 2007 Book Store
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