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The Queen is coming home.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, and beloved icon of Detroit, said she plans to close out her career where it began, in her beloved hometown.

In an exclusive interview Wednesday, Franklin said she plans to move from her longtime Bloomfield Hills home into a residence in the city of Detroit and open a nightclub where she will occasionally sing.

The 75-year-old Franklin, who announced her retirement earlier this year, said she had been talking to officials at Bedrock about the idea for a couple of years — and she has mentioned it in previous news interviews — but she’s tired of Think — ing about it and is ready to move.

“I’m interested in doing a small nightclub downtown, and he (Bruce Schwartz, Detroit relocation ambassador for Bedrock Real Estate Services) and I have been talking about this for a couple of years now…,” she said. “In my retirement plan, I’d like to have a small club here in Detroit.”

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