March 27, 2017
Written by REJournals
NAI Wisinski of West Michigan Realtor Todd Leinberger has sold a two-story, 5,720-square-foot building at 724 Wealthy St. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Georgina’s Fusion Cuisine.
Georgina’s is a Traverse City-based Asian and Latin taqueria. This will be Georgina’s second location in Michigan.
The 2,860-square-foot restaurant will be on the first floor and will include outdoor seating. Two apartments are planned for the upper floor. The building and property will undergo major renovations to convert the space into a full-service restaurant. Georgina’s is anticipated to open in the summer of 2017.
Dave Zeemering of Victory Realty represented the seller of the building. The seller is retiring from his retail business, Phil’s Stuff.
Anthony Craig, owner and chef of Georgina’s, has been in business for four years. The food served at Georgina’s is inspired by Anthony’s culture.
March 24, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI- Georgina’s Fusion Cuisine is coming to Grand Rapids.
The downtown Traverse City favorite is often described as a taqueria with an Asian twist. The eatery is slated to open its second location this summer at 724 Wealthy St. after a former shop is renovated into restaurant space.
Anthony Craig, Georgina’s owner and chef, says he was drawn to the West Michigan city because it reminds him of South Tampa where he grew up in a multicultural family with Cuban and Chinese roots.
“When I visited Grand Rapids, I liked how local people were walking around,” Craig said. “I don’t have that type of atmosphere year-round in Traverse City.”
He bought the building that previously housed Phil’s Stuff. The first floor will be turned into a 2,860-square-foot restaurant with outdoor seating. The second floor has two apartments.
The Wealthy Street location seemed like “the perfect location for Georgina’s because it is close to downtown and in a vibrant corridor,” said Todd Leinberger, a real estate agent with NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, who represented Craig in the deal.
March 20, 2017
Grand Rapids Surgical Suites will occupy the space at 2505 East Paris Ave.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- Grand Rapids Surgical Suites has signed a 6,936-square-foot lease for its ambulatory surgical center in Grand Rapids. The building is located at 2505 East Paris Ave. along the East Paris medical corridor. Grand Rapids Surgical Suites is a partner of SurgCenter Development, a corporation that partners with local surgeons to create physician-owned and operated ambulatory surgical centers. Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosley and Jason Makowski of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan brokered the lease transaction.
March 1, 2017
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- American Dream Home Improvement has signed a 2,300-square-foot retail lease near the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. This will be the first West Michigan location for the Downers Grove, III.- based exterior home repair and storm restoration company. The property is located at 3940 Broadmoor Ave. SE. Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely and Jason Makowski of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan arranged the lease transaction.
Multiple NAI Wisinski of West Michigan agents received awards at the 14th annual Commercial Alliance of Realtors (CAR) Award Reception, which was held on February 7th, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI. The CAR awards are held each year to recognize the most successful of the nearly 400 member agents throughout the West Michigan area. The awards show is titled “The Stanley’s”, in honor of our very own Stanley Wisinski, co-founder of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan. Stan has been a CAR member for 55 consecutive years and served as the first CAR President. NAI Wisinski agents who received awards were:
Biggest Land Sale Award: Stanley Wisinski and Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely
Top of The Leaderboard Award (most Office transactions in 2016): Mary Anne Wisisnki-Rosely
Biggest Industrial Lease Award: Stu Kingma
Biggest Retail Sale Award: Russ Bono and Cameron Timmer
Lifetime Achievement Award: Stanley Wisinski
Industrial real estate firm banks on employees leaving downtown for cost-savings buildings in suburbs.
January 20, 2017
By Pat Evans
Moving employees seems to be the trend, but Robert Grooters Development is preparing for the reversal.
The industrial real estate frim long has dabbled in office space, including the development of Bridgewater Place downtown, but RGB President Robert Grooters recently has renewed focus on office space for the next generation.
Grooters long has offered the ability to build office space into the company’s large-scale industrial buildings at a lower cost than downtown buildings, but the concept now is meant to help companies attract and retain talent, while saving the tenant money.
“Office space is not a new concept, it’s something we’ve done all along,” Grooters said. “The difference is how we’re designing it. Our goal is to keep overhead low and make it work easy. That’s the formula we’ve used for a number of years and leased quite a bit of space.”
A shift for offices to move back to the suburbs isn’t radical or unique to Grooters.
In October, Colliers International Research Analyst Jeff Hainer told the Business Journal that office users and residents will begin to look toward the suburbs down the line.
Grooters said one the of the major benefits of moving to an industrial park is the no-cost parking, as he called parking downtown “a diamond” . NAI Wisinski of West Michigan Broker Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely told the Business Journal in October that parking cost already is a topic of discussion for clients when looking for space,
“We have to build parking lots anyway for the semi trucks,” Grooters said. “Competing against downtown, we’re free.”
For additional cost savings, RGD’s office spaces don’t include a common area, which often is unusable space for office use, Grooters said.
The concept can be implemented in any of RGD’s industrial buildings, which provides the largest cost savings because of the scale of the buildings, he said. The company can accommodate 10,000-square-foot office users but is better suited for larger office users where the savings are largest, he said.
With closing of Sears in Woodland Mall, experts predict national realtors will be eager to fill space.
January 13, 2017
By Pat Evans
Area realtors are looking at the closure of the Woodland Mall Sears as an opportunity for the region. The thought led the 2016 Market Review by the Commercial Alliance of Realtors, which noted the closing of the one-time retail giant as a blip on the region’s retail market. According to CAR, retail transactions increased 14.4 percent in 2016.
“We will see a lot of activity from national realtors vying for the new space,” NAI Wisinski of West Michigan broker Rod Alderink said regarding the Sears space. “After many years of speculation, we can finally move toward additional available space in a highly desirable area.”
The Sears vacancy will open up more than 313,000 square feet at one of the region’s largest malls, and stores eager to expand their West Michigan presence can help fill the space in a market low on retail inventory, Ben Muller Realty broker Victoria Mitchell said.
Multiple realtors agreed with Mitchell and said local and regional companies are shifting their focus to neighborhoods rather than the major shopping corridors to find the space.
Brick and mortar retail stores are alive and well in West Michigan, the CAR report cited, especially with the Tanger Outlet and demalling of space at Holland’s West Shore Mall and Breton Village Mall, Colliers West Michigan Senior Vice President Mike Murray said.
“We are going to continue to see the trend of developers modernizing tired projects to bring them up to today’s retail standards, as retail evolves to meet the needs of its consumers,” Murry said.
Along with retail, hotel activity also trended upward in 2016. DAR Development Vice President Dave Denton mentioned two hotels in Gaines Township near the Switch data center, as well as a new project near Fifth Third Ballpark.
Similarly, office space transactions were up 7 percent in 2016 with 1.5 million square feet of office space leased or sold in 2016. That includes the 25 Ottawa and 99 Monroe sales and the opening of Arena Place.
Colliers Senior Vice President Tom DeBoer said parking continues to be a hurdle for businesses desiring to locate downtown, but it could change.
“However, new developers are including a parking component to aid in the relief,” DeBoer said.
Suburban office space is thriving, according to NAI Wisinski broker Jason Makowski, who also said medical office space for independent doctor groups is in demand.
The CAR report also suggests office space inventory is low and new construction could help, but new construction costs are driving new lease rates up beyond $24 per square foot, well beyond the current averages of $18-$25 for downtown and $12-$20 for suburban space.
Switch also was mentioned a second time in the CAR report, indicating along with hotel development, the data center could attract satellite offices to West Michigan for its more than 1,000 clients from across the globe.
On the industrial side, CAR noted an increase in sales of more than $140 million and 5 million square feet of space, a sales volume increase of 14.4 percent from 2015. Transactions, however, remained relatively stable.
Stan Wisinski and Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan worked with both parties in this transaction
133-year-old church closed for nearly 2 years sold to Marvin Sapp
January 9, 2017
Written by Justine McGuire
MUSKEGON, MI- The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids announced on Monday, Jan. 9 that it sold St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church downtown Muskegon.
St. Jean Baptiste was closed during April 2015 as part of the diocese’s: Our Faith, Our Future’ pastoral plan. The church was considered a campus of St. Mary Catholic Church, 239 W. Clay Ave. in Muskegon.
Bishop Marvin Sapp, of national gospel music fame, purchased the building. He will begin holding services at the former St. Jean Baptiste, 1292 Jefferson St., during 2017.
Sapp announced on social media on Sunday, Jan 1 that he would have services in Muskegon during 2017.
Services will be held on Sundays at 3 p.m. However, a start date was not announced.
A call to Marvin Sapp Ministries was not immediately returned.
St. Jean Baptiste served parishioners for more than 130 years. It was established during December 1883, according to the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.
“St. Jean Baptiste was the spiritual and physical home of many Catholics in the Muskegon area for more than a century,” said Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, in a release. “Funds generated through the sale of this property will support parishes of St. Mary and Our Lady of Grace in their continuing commitment to proclaim Christ’s mission through their parish ministries and outreach.”
The sale price was not disclosed.
It was revealed in 2015 that the building required “extensive repairs” to remain open.
The Diocese of Grand Rapids serves more than 191,000 Catholics, 82 parishes and 30 schools in an 11-county area of West Michigan.
By Sentinel Staff
Popular Glen Arbor-based retailer Cherry Republic will be opening a sixth Michigan location in downtown Holland in March 2017.
The retailer will fill the 2,745 square-foot space recently left vacant by Yeta’s Women’s Apparel located at 29 West 8th Street.
Todd Leinberger of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan assisted Cherry Republic in finding the location and said that very little will need to be changed with the space moving forward.
“The renovations to the current space will be minor since it has been left in terrific condition,” Leinberger said.
The store hopes to hire between 12-15 employees to staff the new location, which joins locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.
“Cherry Republic has been on my list of potential retailers because they are a Michigan company selling Michigan products and it will be a perfect addition to Holland,” said building landlord and associate broker of Lumir Real Estate Mark Kuyers.
Cherry Republic president and founder Bob Sutherland explained that the location would be like the other stores but would add a bit of a “Holland flair.”
Sutherland also said they are proud to be coming to the Holland area and hope to help Holland continue to be a sought after destination for shoppers and tourists.
On top of being a destination for Holland shoppers, the retailer also plans to donate to various locations and will work to improve the environment and quality of life in the greater Holland area. They also plan to raise money for different programs to protect farmland and improve farm to table businesses around the Holland area.
Cherry Republic was founded in 1989 with Bob Sutherland selling t-shirts out of the trunk of his car. The company expanded and began packaging cherry cookies and dried cherries and today the company has close to 200 cherry products.
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TEXAS TOWNSHIP, MI — Mophie, the growing company behind the “juice pack” power cells for Apple Inc.’s iPhone, is expanding its footprint in the Kalamazoo area.
The global tech firm will add a call center that will bring 65 new jobs to the Southwest Michigan community, local and state officials said on Thursday, Dec. 8.
The announcement comes nearly a year after Mophie was bought up by competitor Zagg, Inc. in a $100 million deal. The acquisition nixed a four-year plan to build a 30,000-square-foot research facility at Western Michigan University’s Business Technology and Research Park.
Instead, the company will now spend $685,000 to open a call center in Texas Township, located 10 miles southwest of Kalamazoo.
“Mophie is a world leader in the battery case market, and its decision to expand in Michigan rather than in another state will mean additional jobs for years to come,” said Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which administers incentives and programs on behalf of Michigan Strategic Fund.
Mophie qualified for a $375,000 state jobs grant because the company opted to expand in Michigan rather than in Salt Lake City, where Zagg is headquartered.
The grant is contingent on the company providing those 65 jobs. The positions will pay about $15 an hour, according to the MEDC.
Mophie has been a beneficiary of the wildly successful iPhones. The firm began a decade ago as a seller of audio docking systems for Apple Inc.’s iPod music players but found its lucrative sweetspot designing and manufacturing cases and accessories for the iPhone when the iconic smartphone launched in 2007.
The company’s product line now includes battery cases, universal external batteries, cables and other accessories for mobile devices. It has international operations in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and China.
Despite the headquarters relocating from Paw Paw to Santa Ana, Calif. in 2009 to be closer to Apple’s Northern California headquarters, its backroom operations – distribution, quality control, tech support and customer service – stayed in Michigan.
“As a global brand with a location in Southwest Michigan, Mophie exemplifies the diversity of job opportunities available in our region through its expansion,” said Ron Kitchens, chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First. “Our region is proud to list Mophie’s commitment to innovative design-based technology among its product offerings.”