March 14 2012 12:00 AM

Great Clips


Michigan State University students have a new spot for haircuts in between class. Great Clips’ new location at 205 M.A.C. Avenue had a soft opening two weeks ago and has its grand opening Saturday.

“We’re excited to be here. We’ve been waiting for this salon to go on campus for a long time,” said district manager Cristy Lake.

This is the third location in the area: There is a Great Clips in Meridian Township at the Meridian Towne Centre on 4918 March Road and another at 2843 East Grand River Avenue in East Lansing.

“We have a really good return from our students down there at our other store (on Grand River), so we thought the closer to campus, the better it’s going to get,” Lake said.

Though they don’t do color treatments, Great Clips offers haircuts, updos, beard trims, neck trims and conditioning treatments. Lake said their biggest focus is getting customers in and out with little wait time.

“We basically specialize in haircuts so we can get people in the chair, and within 15 to 20 minutes, you’re back out, but you look better than you did when you came in,” Lake said.

One of the most popular features at the Grand River location has been phone check-ins, which Lake hopes students use when they go to their new location. Anyone with a smart phone can go to and a map will show the nearest Great Clips location. Customers can then in put their information, request a time when they want to come in and find out an approximate wait time. The salon will be ready and waiting when the customer gets there.

“(We’re) just catering to whatever the customer wants and treating them to the fact that they’re in our salon,” Lake said.

“They don’t have to come here, but they chose to, so we want them to know that we really appreciate that.” Miller said.

Great Clips

205 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing

9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

(517) 897-1499