The Depot is aptly named for the Heartland Trail that runs between the Store and Inn. The Trail is part of the old railway system that is being converted to recreational trails throughout Michigan.
For more information, see http://www.montcalm.org/trail/.
In August 2001, a small family owned party store and gas station went up for sale just in front of Maxfield’s Inn. Brother and sister team, Tony and Shari Maxfield, saw this as an opportunity to continue to expand on their mission to serve guests and their community. Just as they had done in the past, they threw themselves into learning everything they could about this side of the hospitality business, and The Depot opened under the Maxfield banner in October 2001.
Within the confines of the building they purchased, they offered 1500 more items than the previous store owners, along with a line of take-out items from Maxfield's Restaurant including Maxfield’s famous soups, chicken, sandwiches, salads, and pizza are all conveniently available at The Depot. Just like other Maxfield’s family projects, they again put in the WOW, this time in convenience store service.
However, for Tony and Shari the vision was not over. They envisioned a 24-hour "super" Depot providing products and services for motel guests, community members, and those just passing through. Let's see if you can see what Tony and Shari envisioned. Picture this: an 8,000 square foot, 2 story building built in the same architectural style as Maxfield's Inn. The first floor is an expansive convenience store with a specialty section ideal for creating gift baskets for any occasion, with a walk-in "Refrigerator Car" for beverages, a 50-seat "Dining Car" eatery in the fast-casual style, and a deli.
The second floor has ample office space,and three seperate meeting rooms available for rent or meals. Just west of the new Depot, a state-of-the-art soft-touch drive-through car wash that is a totally glassed-in structure. It is a beautiful light show when in operation.
That is Tony and Shari's vision, and it became a reality when the doors opened in September of 2002.
Next time you're in the area, please take the time to stop in and see our new facility and try out some of Maxfield's delicious deli specials in The Dining Car located inside The Depot. For more information you can call (989) 427 - 5256, keep checking for updates on this website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.