8,700+ Customers Next Door: Portage Public Schools K-12

Portage Centre Plaza could bring your business a loyal, forever-growing customer base.
Three out of fourteen Portage public schools, Portage Central High School, Portage Central Middle School, and Portage Central Elementary, rest adjacent to the retail center, Portage Centre Plaza. These three schools alone house 12 years of potential customers – their Kindergarten through Grade 12 staff and student body. Students and their families whom chauffeur their kids to these schools pass Portage Centre Plaza almost every day. Opportunity to join this retail center near a large existing customer base within a community that fosters education and human growth is now available.

Portage public schools as a whole bring in nearly 8,700 students each year. Outside of this margin is a larger, more diverse market consisting of students’ families and friends. Drawing this potential market into the area are Portage Central’s annual line up of community, academic, and athletic events, exposing Portage Centre Plaza businesses to a wide range of potential customers. Portage Central High School Athletic Director, Joe Wallace shared his insight with us on a couple of their largely-attended events. School musicals alone capture around 8,000 attendees annually, while football games capture approximately 2,500 per night. Portage Central High School’s football stadium, McCamley Field (which is positioned directly behind the retail center), also hosts Portage Northern High School football games, bringing a whole other part of Portage to this location almost every Friday. That said, approximately 2,500 people pass Portage Centre Plaza each week for the school year’s first couple months. This could set your business up as a primary stop for families on-the-go between these three schools and their events.
Whether you’re coming from or going to any of these three schools, Portage Centre Plaza offers an easy point of entry in either direction for those looking to quickly satisfy almost any habitual need. For this particular market, close and convenient retail and service options are essential especially on weekdays, like your routine physicals or doctor visits. Having a quick and easy solution right around the block from your child’s school exists at Portage Centre Plaza on the corner of West Centre Avenue and Shaver Road. A quick trip to the shopping center will fulfill your needs amongst a wide selection of amenities, including banking and dining, health and wellness-oriented needs, beauty supplies and services, and apparel among other great services and retail, all housed in one simple location.
Award-winning public schools have established a positive outlook on the city of Portage and the community surrounding Portage Centre Plaza. Over the years, Portage Central High School has been honored state and nationwide, earning a spot on the 2014 top 20 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post, and on the 2013 list of America’s Best High Schools by Newsweek magazine. Central also earned a spot in The Washington Post’s first national ranking of America’s Top High Schools in 2011. Ranking over 1,900 high schools, Central was among only 10 percent of public schools nationally and 38 in Michigan to make the list. Central ranked No. 21 in the state, respectively. In addition to Central’s awards, Portage Northern High School has also been recognized for similar awards. Portage School District has also achieved “Academic State Champion” status by The Center for Michigan. The school district and its individual accomplishments have branded the city’s educational program inspiring, which reflects a positive energy onto the community surrounding Portage Centre Plaza.
Be a part of a community that fosters education and human growth. Portage Centre Plaza offers opportunity that rests in front of an ever-growing market. For more information on this location, click here or call us today.