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Holland mall attracts four new retail stores

March 25, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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A mall in Holland is getting a new set of national retailers.

The Shops at Westshore, 12331 James St., announced four new tenants at the “de-malled” shopping center that will be anchored by Burlington Coat Factory. The other new tenants are FedEx, Disc Traders and T-Mobile.

This summer, The Shops at Westshore will finish up a $20 million project to renovate the Westshore Mall into a modern shopping center.

VERSA Development is the parent company of Westshore Mall Investors, the driving force behind the project.

“This market has good shopping in it, but recently there has been a lack of good supply for retailers to locate with visibility and access,” VERSA Development principal Greg Erne told the Business Journal in 2015.

“Shopping malls are still very popular, and they work, but this market is probably better served by more of an outdoor shopping center than an enclosed mall.

“It won’t be an underutilized shopping center on a big piece of frontage. It will be a really nice, well-maintained, fresh shopping center in the heart of the Holland shopping area on U.S. 31.”

Colliers International|West Michigan, which is managing the leasing, also has other letters of intent signed, which would bring the center to 70 percent occupied.

Colliers advisors Mark Ansara and Earl Clements are looking to fill the rest of the spaces with a diverse mix of tenants ranging from business services to retail and dining.

“Many companies are interested in The Shops at Westshore because it’s a great location in a high-growth area, and we have outstanding, brand-new spaces available,” Ansara said. “We want to make sure that we help put together the right retail mix so The Shops enjoys long-term growth and sustainability, while encouraging companies to locate here.”

Together, the four retailers will take up approximately 65,500 square feet of the shopping center.

Burlington Coat Factory will use 50,000 square feet in the former Sears store on the north end of the mall. Burlington is an off-price apparel and home product store with 567 locations in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

FedEx, which is currently located across the street from the mall, will move into a 4,080-square-foot space.

T-Mobile and used videogame buyer and seller Disc Traders will occupy 5,245-square-foot suites.

The stores join the recently opened restaurants On the Border and Anna’s House at the shopping center. Longtime tenant GNC also will move into a new suite.

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