GRAND RAPIDS — The aging Breton Village shopping center will soon follow the trend of other malls in the region and become "de-malled."
Development and property management firm CWD Real Estate Investment Inc. today announced that beginning next week, work will begin on the renovations, including the construction of new outlot buildings and giving all tenants exterior storefronts.
Additionally, the main shopping building's second story and roof will be removed, according to the statement.
The renovations will happen in stages, Scott Wierda, CWD Real Estate Investment managing partner, told MiBiz. In the coming months, contractors will raze two vacant buildings on the southeast part of the property, making room for two new construction buildings that will house a Rite-Aid pharmacy and Talbots, a women's clothing store.
Both brands currently have locations in the enclosed mall.
Moving those tenants to outlot buildings will allow for the deconstruction of the enclosed facility to begin, Wierda said, adding that the D&W Fresh Market grocery store at the north end of the mall will remain unchanged.
Grand Rapids-based Triangle Associates Inc. will serve as general contractor for the renovation and Indianapolis-based Rowland Design Inc. is the project's architect.
Wierda declined to give a total cost for the renovations, just saying it's in the millions.
Breton Village will join other West Michigan shopping centers like Centerpointe Mall in Grand Rapids and WestShore Mall on the north side of Holland that have gone through deconstruction.
As MiBiz previously reported, the de-malling process helped bring the struggling Centerpointe Mall to nearly full occupancy.
Wierda said that his firm has received significant interest from a number of tenants but has no commitments yet. The firm is specifically targeting additional restaurant users for some of the new space.
Current tenants in the Breton Village shopping center include Orvis, West Elm and Anthropologie, each of which have their only West Michigan locations at the 220,000-square-foot shopping center.