Cherry retailer moving into market
A retailer based Up North is set to open its first West Michigan location.
Cherry Republic will open a 2,745-square-foot storefront in Holland, at 29 W. 8th St., in March.
The company has five other locations: its Glen Arbor base, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.
“We will make it feel like one of our stores but with a Holland flair,” said Bob Sutherland, who founded Cherry Republic in 1989.
Cherry Republic is known for using cherries in most of its products, including jams, salsas, candies, nuts and cookies. The retailer sells nearly 200 cherry products.
The Holland location will also feature a bar for tasting wines and sodas.
The retailer expects to hire 12 to 15 employees.
Terms of the lease were not disclosed.
NAI Wisinski of West Michigan associate Todd Leinberger helped Cherry Republic find the space.
Mark Kuyers, an associate broker with Holland-based Lumir, is the landlord.
“Cherry Republic has been on my list of potential retailers, because they are a Michigan company selling Michigan products, and it will be a perfect addition to Holland,” Kuyers said.