Shopping center signs four retailers by Josh Cykiert

March 25, 2016

A “de-malled” shopping center in the region has attracted four new retailers.

Burlington will be an anchor tenant at The Shops at Westshore in Holland, at 12331 James St., and be accompanied by Disc Traders, FedEx and T-Mobile.

Founded in Burlington, New Jersey in 1972, Burlington sells a variety of “designer merchandise” at discount prices.

Each Disc Traders business is independently owned. The stores buy and sell used video games, CDs and other electronics.

The newly announced tenants will take up more than 65,500 square feet at the shopping center. 

The four retailers will join Younkers, JC Penney, GNC, On the Border and Anna’s House at the site.

VERSA Development and its Westshore Mall Investors started the $20 million “de-malling” renovation at the site last year, with completion set for this summer.

“The fact that The Shops at Westshore is filling up as rapidly as we are even before we complete construction demonstrates that companies value what we offer here in Holland and West Michigan — and that’s a robust economy, creative entrepreneurs and a terrific community,” said Greg Erne, VERSA principal and Westshore Mall Investors manager.

With several more letters of intent signed with Colliers International | West Michigan, which is managing leasing, the center is up to 70 percent full.

Colliers advisors Mark Ansara and Earl Clements are leading the leasing and seeking a mix of business services and shopping and dining options to keep the center active day and night.

“We want to make sure that we help put together the right retail mix, so The Shops enjoys long-term growth and sustainability, while encouraging companies to locate here,” Ansara said.

By Pat Evans, Grand Rapids Business Journal

Medical building to rise up on former Big Boy site by Josh Cykiert

 November 29, 2015

A piece of vacant property on Gratiot Avenue at 14 Mile Road will soon become home to a new medical building if Clinton Township officials approve plans for construction.

The Clinton Township Board of Trustees tonight is expected to approve a site plan submitted by Southfield-based Versa Development for a project at the northeast corner of the intersection.

The property was the longtime home of a Big Boy restaurant, which shut down and was demolished in 2009.

Nicole Jeffries, a project manager for Versa Development, told township planners in October that the company has secured a signed lease to locate a Henry Ford OptimEyes location at the site. OptimEyes will relocate from its nearby store in Roseville, she said.

According to Jeffries, Henry Ford OptimEyes brings ophthalmologists, optometrists and retail all under one roof. A site plan prepared by Atwell Group in Southfield shows the building will be about 20,000 square feet.

Construction may still begin this year, with plans to open in the summer of 2016, Jeffries told the township’s Planning Commission.

Clinton Township officials have long sought to have the 2.86-acre vacant property developed as it is located at the border with Roseville on Gratiot at the town’s gateway to the South Gratiot Corridor and Downtown Development District.

Big Boy Restaurants International of Warren closed the eatery in 2009. At the time, the company was entertaining offers to either purchase the building or rebuild it into a 24-hour facility.

The board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road.

By Mitch Hotts, The Macomb Daily

SOLD: Harper Crossing by Josh Cykiert

Sold October 2015

Development: Harper Crossing
Location: Battle Creek, MI
Square Footage:  15,462 (2 buildings)
Tenants: Verizon, US Army, Game Stop, Great Clips, Los Aztecas, Complete Nutrition