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Home furnishings retailer opening location

May 16, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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Watson's outdoor furniture
Watson's is a home décor retailer. Photo via

A retailer of indoor and outdoor home furnishings is opening a new store in the region.

Cincinnati-based Watson’s will open a store in a 25,000-square-foot renovated space in Portage, formerly an ABC Warehouse, at 6695 S. Westnedge Ave.

The store is expected to open May 27.

Kara Schroer, an NAI Wisinski of West Michigan broker in Kalamazoo, helped Watson’s secure the space.

“The Westnedge corridor is a terrific spot for Watson’s,” Schroer said. “We were eager to show Watson’s this spot, as we believe it has the potential to be a great location for its first store in the region, given its proximity to the heavily trafficked Westnedge corridor and retailers such as Home Depot and Target.”

Watson’s also sells home recreation gear, pools and hot tubs.

Watson’s projects at least 10 employees will be hired.

“Kalamazoo was the right choice for Watson’s newest Michigan location, because of the reputation of the southwest Michigan community and because of Watson’s existing client base,” franchise owner Andrew Hazenfield said.

The chain’s other West Michigan location is in Kentwood.

Watson’s has 18 locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri.

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