Rogers Plaza Right For AJ Wright

April 17, 2002
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WYOMING — A.J. Wright, the national discounter, will open its first West Michigan store at Rogers Plaza in the fall.

The firm is leasing 25,000 square feet at the west end of the mall, which is undergoing renovation. The retailer joins a new Family Fare Supermarket as the shopping center’s latest tenants.

A.J. Wright carries fashion, footwear and accessories for men, women and children, and also offers home fashions such as bed and bath linens, giftware and kitchen accessories. A.J. Wright is a division of TJX Companies Inc., an international retailer that also owns T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Winners Apparel Ltd. of Canada, HomeGoods and T.K. Maxx in Europe.

The A.J. Wright store at Rogers Plaza will be the retailer’s sixth in the state.

“In Michigan right now, they have a store in Oak Park, Redford, Rosehill, Saginaw and Southgate, mainly in the Detroit area. This is their first venture into the western side of the state,” said Denise Robidoux, a spokeswoman for The Hutensky Group, a Hartford, Conn. firm that has managed Rogers Plaza for the past eleven years.

A.J. Wright is expected to open late this fall, as is the Family Fare Supermarket. Family Fare is a Spartan Store, and the Rogers Plaza supermarket is one of the company’s largest at 53,000 square feet. Wyoming officials see Family Fare as the anchor for the new downtown the city is trying to develop by linking Rogers Plaza with the Wyoming Village Mall and the Studio 28 Theaters.

Spartan Stores Inc., based in Grand Rapids, owns and operates 102 supermarkets and 25 deep-discount drug stores in Michigan and Ohio. In addition to Family Fare, Spartan owns Ashcraft’s Markets, Food Town, Glen’s Markets, Great Day Food Centers, Prevo’s Family Markets and The Pharm.

The company also distributes over 40,000 private label and national brand products to more than 350 independent grocery stores. Spartan also serves as a wholesale distributor to 6,600 convenience stores, and is the largest publicly traded grocery retailer in Michigan.

Both stores will fill the void left in the mall when Montgomery Ward closed its Rogers Plaza store as part of its bankruptcy filing. Construction on both will start in mid-spring. The mall’s façade and entrances will also get a new look.

HRI Rogers Plaza LLC owns the shopping center. The Hutensky Group is an affiliate of HRI Rogers Plaza LLC.

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