Rogers Plaza Set For ReOpening

October 30, 2002
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — Tomorrow morning Rogers Plaza will officially re-open its doors to the public and celebrate its 14-month transformation.

Friday morning’s ribbon-cutting ceremony officially welcomes new anchors A.J. Wright and Family Fare Supermarkets, both of which opened earlier this month. The newly constructed stores replaced the former Montgomery Wards.

Dennis Galanis, executive vice president of Anchor Leasing for the Hutensky Group LLC, the center’s development, management and leasing agent, said the plaza still can add more stores.

Children can get a sneak peek at the plaza from 6 to 8 tonight, during an event called Trick or Treat on the Mall.

Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony will be representatives from the City of Wyoming, the Wyoming Downtown Development Authority, the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hutensky Group.

“We are very excited about the new Rogers Plaza Town Center,” said Brad Hutensky, president of the Hutensky Group. “It demonstrates the deep commitment and partnership between all the parties involved and reaffirms the center’s commitment to the revitalization of the City of Wyoming by providing a new, modern shopping destination for the neighborhood and its families.”

Rogers Plaza was originally constructed in 1961, covering 344,000 square feet (11 acres) and was one of the first malls in West Michigan. With a total of 30 current tenants including Family Fare Supermarket, A.J. Wright, Big Lots, OfficeMax, MC Sports, Fashion Bug, Old Country Buffet, Secretary of State and the United States Post Office, the mall currently has a 77 percent occupancy rate.

The mall is located on 28th Street between Clyde Park and Michael avenues, just west of U.S. 131 in Wyoming.           

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