Construction, Real Estate, and Retail

Firm completes shopping center

September 22, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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First Companies shopping center Byron Center Ave. SW Wyoming
Courtesy First Companies

A local firm has completed construction of a fully leased shopping center in the area.

Grand Rapids-based First Companies said last month it has finished the 10,000-square-foot retail building in Wyoming, at 5811 Byron Center Ave. SW, off M-6.

Two tenants have moved in and are open, Subway and Chow Hound, with a Verizon Wireless franchisee set to be the third tenant.

Along with the building, First Companies executed the build outs for Chow Hound and Subway.

First Companies co-developed the project with unnamed partners.

The firm will also manage the property.

“When we had the opportunity to secure and develop the land for one of our investment partners, we knew it would be ideal for retailers looking to move into the area,” said Jeff Baker, CEO, First Companies. “We were able to purchase the land, build the shell and attract quality tenants.”


The Chow Hound location is the ninth for the Grand Rapids-based chain and will serve as an example for future Chow Hound stores.

“We’ve already experienced a huge response from the neighborhood,” said Greg Keane, president, Chow Hound. “People have been waiting for a pet supply retailer to come into the area, and we expect this store to be a big hit. The new color scheme, quality finishes, open ceiling and updated self-dog wash will all become standard for our stores going forward.”

The building’s location and collection of tenants were enough for Verizon franchisee Darryl Bartlett to choose the location for a store.

“The building is very attractive, perfect for the new design we are implementing as a Verizon beta site,” Bartlett said. “We’ll be one of just four stores in the U.S. built to showcase a wide range of devices running off wireless services that customers can touch and interact with.”

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