Business appears to be booming as retailers snatch up what’s left of available space at Green Oak Village Place.
The outdoor shopping center, located near I-96 and U.S. 23, recently announced the addition of a 13,800-square-foot Petco, which is expected to open this fall and currently under construction near ULTA and Dressbarn. Numerous other businesses are slated to join the lineup soon.
Wild Birds Unlimited, for example, is set to open in March, providing bird food, bird feeders, bird baths and more.
“We really encourage our customers to come in and chat about the birds that are coming to their backyard,” said Laurel Zoet, who owns the franchise in partnership with her husband, Mitch Zoet. “We ... can help customers attract the birds they want … and can also help with potential nature problems such as squirrels eating your bird food.”
Wild Birds Unlimited will soon open at Green Oak Village
Wild Birds Unlimited will soon open at Green Oak Village Place. (Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)
Luminous Salon & Spa, also slated for a March opening, will offer hair, nail and spa services, and Torrid, which offers women`s fashions in sizes 10 to 30 will open later this spring.
The 485,000-square-foot shopping center is owned jointly by REDICO and Lormax Stern Development and features more than 50 unique shopping destinations and a variety of dining options as well as fountains, ponds, an outdoor fireplace and a sculpture park.
Recent additions already up and running include T.J. Maxx and Maurice’s as well as Fraser Bicycles & Fitness, which offers a variety of high-quality bicycles for riders of all skill levels.
“We’ve got a good strong mix, and we’re bringing in retailers new to the Livingston County area,” said Sean Valentino, director of retail operations at REDICO, the Green Oak Village Place management company. “We’re keeping it fresh and staying on top of the trends.”
The shopping center’s owners have also spent “several million” dollars over the last 18 months to freshen and maintain existing common areas, landscape and parking, Valentino said, adding that the flurry or recent activity also includes the renewal contracts for many existing tenants, including a five-year deal for Dick`s Sporting Goods and a 10-year lease extension for Buffalo Wild Wings
Negotiations are underway for another 20,000 square feet of space in the mall.
Currently, the center is 90% occupied, with projections putting it near 100% by the end of the year.
Luminous Salon is one of two new salons opening at
Luminous Salon is one of two new salons opening at Green Oak Village Place. (Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)
“The market has been steadily increasing,” Valentino said, noting while Michigan in general hasn’t seen much in the way of new retail shopping center development in recent years, retailers are clamoring for space. “The space we had available (at Green Oak Village Place) is rapidly filling; with the shortage of available space across Michigan, there will be a lot of competition for those spaces that become available.“
“The community has been great,” Valentino said. “We like the market. Were excited about what we’ve done excited about what’s to come.`