HOLLAND – How has the shopping landscape in downtown Holland changed in the last 12 months? The news is mostly positive.
Each year, The Sentinel analyzes closures, moves, rebrands and openings of restaurants and retailers on the ground floor between Pine Avenue and Columbia Avenue; Seventh Street and Ninth Street.
After:The commercial development of downtown Holland: 2019 vs 2021
Between July 2021 and July 2022, The Sentinel had five announced closures, compared to 12 announced openings and reopenings. Closures included Kitchen Zero, Making Waves, Threads on Eighth, Teerman’s and Mayberry and Co. – almost all retailers.
After:Kitchen Zero closes in downtown Holland after less than a year
After:Closing of a competitive swimsuit store on River Avenue
After:Threads on Eighth is set to close in downtown Holland
The openings included nine retailers, specifically:
Garsnett Beacon Candle Co. Shop offering specialty candles and a make-your-own candle bar, scheduled to open August. The storefront at 210 S. River Ave. previously housed Mayberry & Co. – which closed in May after three years in business.
The Flower House of Holland. Flower and gift shop opening November 2021 at 25 W. Ninth St.
After:A couple are to open a retail candle-making store in downtown Holland
After:The Flower House brings arrangements and gifts to downtown Holland
After:The Poppy Peach opens in renovated 8th Street building
poppy fishing and Laura and Jack. Clothing and accessories stores that opened in October and November 2021, respectively, at 17 and 21 E. Eighth St. after ownership of the buildings decided to renovate. Storefronts previously housed Karla’s Place, Eighth Street Salon and Holland Clock Co.
Family Centre. Christian bookstore and gift shop operated by Focus on the Family which opened in September 2021. The space at 215 Central Ave. temporarily housed Holland Clock Co. after moving in February 2020. Prior to that, it ran West Michigan Bike and Fitness until the company exited downtown Holland in March 2019.
After:The new Dutch clothing store opens its doors
After:Family Central opens up to dozens of supporters amid protests
After:Dutch Village Downtown brings wooden shoes and earthenware to the eighth
Downtown Dutch Village. Fun shop belonging to Nelis’ Dutch Village, a theme park located in North Holland. The store at 20 E. Eighth St. formerly housed Teerman’s housewares department and opened in November 2021.
Sea bags. Eclectic shop offering bags made from boat sails. The store opened in part of the old Teerman’s in April.
Love me. Souvenir and clothing shop located in part of the old Teerman’s, opened in April.
After:Newest Dutch retailer, Sea Bags, opens downtown
After:New clothing store fills Teerman’s last vacant space on Eighth Street
Estella Rose Mode. Shop with options for babies, kids, tweens and women. The store is slated to open in the former Crust 54 at 54 E. Eighth St. next spring.
Downtown Holland has also seen several restaurant openings and reopenings, including:
Bowerman is in eighth. Farm-to-table restaurant and cafe open in January. The combined storefront at 2 E. Eighth St. previously housed SandCastle for Kids — a toy store that closed in November 2020 after nearly four decades in the Dutch community — and part of the former Alpenrose restaurant, which has closed its doors in December 2020.
After:Bowerman’s on Eighth opens in downtown Holland
After:OI Asian Bistro opens its doors to customers on Eighth Street
After:Big E’s returns to Eighth Street
OI Asian Bistro. With the same owners as Mizu Sushi, a restaurant focused on Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. The business opened in November 2021 at 68 W. Eighth St.
Big E’s sporty grill. Bar and grill attached to Holland’s Courtyard by Marriott which closed indefinitely in February 2021 and reopened in March at 121 E. Eighth St.
Four restaurants or retail businesses on the ground floor remain vacant, including the former Making Waves, which closed in early 2022, and the former Kitchen Zero, which closed after less than a year in April. The building housing Threads on Eighth will soon be added to the list.
Two positions remained vacant throughout the year, including part of the former Alpenrose Restaurant on Central Avenue and the former Superior Sport Store on River Avenue.
But with a total of 108 storefronts, this means that the study area has a ground floor vacancy rate of less than 5%.
“It’s amazing, really,” said Linda Hart, executive director of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau. “I don’t know if it’s ever been this low. I think people are just surprised at how many shops and boutiques we have here – and that’s what makes us such a shopping destination all the time. year.”
Downtown storefronts continue to fill rapidly, with less than a year between the official closure of Teerman’s and the openings of Sea Bags, Love MI and Dutch Village Downtown, all three of which have filled the vacancy. The former Mayberry and Co. was spoken to within two months.
“I think what we’ve done, by adding a variety of these different types of retailers, is adding different price points to downtown,” Hart said. “I think that definitely helped our deals.
“In particular, I think bringing Dutch Village Downtown to Eighth was the smartest thing anyone could ever do. It gives people here a chance to buy something that’s uniquely Dutch. The store Candle shops will be great too. Back when Candleology in Moynihan’s moved, people really missed it. It would be nice to have a candle shop downtown.
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As usual, the center block of Eighth Street between Central Avenue and College Avenue saw the most business change, with eight openings, one move and one vacancy. This section was followed by River Avenue between Seventh Street and Ninth Street, which saw an opening, a planned retirement at the Blackbird, and two vacancies.
Meanwhile, the newest developed block in downtown, between Pine Avenue and River Avenue, is seeing more traffic, Hart said.
“People are realizing that it’s a great restaurant block,” she said. “It’s good that people are heading in that direction and exploring. I don’t know if there’s another beach town that has the kind of deals that we have at the downtown merchants. Holland doesn’t shut down not at the end of the season.”