Fashion Show Mall - Wikipedia



Fashion Show Mall - Wikipedia

KENTWOOD, MI -- The closure of longtime anchor Sears will make room for a new fashion department store at Woodland Mall.

Parent company PREIT hinted at big plans for the Grand Rapids area mall on Wednesday, as the closure of 11 Kmart and Sears stores across Michigan were also announced.

The change is intended to "enhance the shopper experience, drive traffic and create value," PREIT CEO Joseph F. Coradino said in a statement. He added that PREIT had reduced the number of Sears and Kmart stores in its portfolio from 27 to 11 since 2012. The Sears store and Sears Auto Center at Woodland will shutter by the end of March.

10 Kmart stores, 1 Sears to close in Michigan

A map on PREIT's website indicates the fashion retailer will be a nearly 90,000 square-foot Von Maur store. This would be the first West Michigan location for the Iowa-based upscale department chain.

In September, Van Maur's youth-oriented Dry Goods opened in Woodland.

The map also suggest Sears' 313,000 square-foot footprint will be replaced by a new wing that could add several "proposed" retailers. Those include a Dick's Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy, REI, Kona Grill, Shake Shack, Mission BBQ, Urban Outfitter, Timberland, Michael Kors, Lucky, Bose and Yard House.

Lyndsey Hicks, Woodland Mall's marketing director, said she couldn't yet talk about the mall's plans.

"While we can't confirm any specific details at this time, we are always working to enhance the shopping experience at Woodland Mall," Hicks said. "We look forward to sharing exciting updates as soon as we are able to."

No plans for the mall expansion suggested by the PREIT map have been submitted to the city of Kentwood planning department, said city planner Lisa Golder.

This is a map on the PREIT website showing the company's plans to replace Sears with a new wing of retailers.

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