Retail expert Bill Bussey's predictions for upcoming national retail launches in
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Texas-based pizza buffet chain Cici's Pizza is the nation's fastest growing pizza chain. The 4,200-square-foot gourmet pizza store will almost certainly arrive in
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There are far more hunters and fishermen within an hour's drive of
"People right now will only go there (Cabela's) once or twice a year," said Bussey. "They're not buying most of their stuff there, so the company is missing out."
As evidence, look no further than the recent addition of Camping World and new Dunham's Sports and Dick's Sporting Goods stores.
Also, expect Wal-Mart to begin converting its existing stores in Meijer country to Wal-Mart Supercenters. And one existing chain barely visible in the region, Dairy Queen, is expanding its revived restaurant concept.
The arrival of the region's first lifestyle center will bring with it niche and destination retailers such as the black and white store and P.F. Chang's Chinese Bistro. Another possible, but less likely, lifestyle center tenant is The Cheesecake Factory.
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Discount retailers Stein Mart, which has a
Fast-food operation Sonic Drive-In should also make its way into
Although rumored as a potential lifestyle center tenant, Whole Foods Market could be several years away.
"Their typical market is a place like
Niche fast-food restaurants such as Jack in the Box and
Most metropolitan retail destinations are also a generation away.
"Everybody says they would like to see a Saks Fifth Avenue, but we're not big enough," Bussey said. "I would love to see an IKEA, but I think they're looking for bigger markets."
If these operations were to develop a smaller suburban concept, a la The Apple Store,