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Maru Sushi Opens in Kalamazoo
  March, 2017 Michigan-based Maru Sushi recently opened its sixth restaurant in the Depot, next to HopCat and Cherry Tree
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‘Everyone wins’ in land deal with PlazaCorp, says Kalamazoo administrator
KALAMAZOO, MI — Negotiations for a land swap deal between a major local developer and Kalamazoo County are set to begin. At its
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$52.7M mixed-use development project approved in Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO — Developers expect to begin construction early next spring on a $52.7 million office and residential project in Kalamazoo
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Proposed Exchange Building leads push for downtown housing in Kalamazoo
The proposed $52.7 million Exchange Building in downtown Kalamazoo needed to grow in size and scale to make its numbers
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Plazacorp Realty Advisors Unveils Downtown Redevelopment Project
Kalamazoo, MI – Local real estate developer, PlazaCorp Realty Advisors, Inc., is pleased to announce the complete renovation and redevelopment
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Former Gibson Guitar Factory
The following is in response to the article (“Former Gibson Guitar smokestack in line for demolition pending permit review”) posted 1/12/2015
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Great Neighborhoods, Largest Retail Destination in the Region
Next to tourist-driven Kalamazoo is another thriving city in Southwest Michigan. The city of Portage offers innovation and energy like
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A Healthy Place to Grow Your Business
“Communities are encouraging the development of cultural amenities as a strategy for improving quality of life, attracting and retaining productive
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Portage City Centre Location with Exposure to 46,000+
Portage City Centre, the suburban hub of Portage, Michigan, is also home to businesses of every type. Helping to develop
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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,
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Health Industry Expanding in Portage City Centre
A collective mix of health- and wellness-oriented services uniting in one location is bringing more people of the community into
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The ‘Centre’ of Attraction
What attracts you to a place and motivates you to return is your experience and fulfillment. Such centralized places offer
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West Century Center Gets Façade Improvements
Bracing for completion this Fall 2014 is West Century Center’s newly designed facade and signage. The 25-year-old retail center on
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Location Available: Next to Popular Anchor, Sam’s Club
David Stiller, an acquisition analyst, articulates the manner in which grocery stores are needed:   Everyone eats. Everyone buys food.
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Blaze Opens First Kalamazoo Location
Kalamazoo, MI – California pizza chain, Blaze Pizza, will open its first Kalamazoo location on September 11, bringing a whole
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Retailers Find This Location More Successful
Imagine what happens when students of colleges and universities head home for summer break, leaving the campus (and student population)
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Portage Shopping District Offers Opportunity
The South Westnedge Avenue retail corridor is a popular shopping destination for Portage, Michigan. For its collective mix of retail
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Available for Destination Businesses
“Traditionally, people market to their local area, within a 15 minute drive. The problem is that in today’s economy, you
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Micro-Demographic With “Macro-Value”
“Quality over quantity”, a concept applied by most savvy shoppers, is also a relevant philosophy for savvy business owners when
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Ample Access Draws Customers and Retailers
With more retail alternatives than ever before, including online shopping, finding the perfect retail space for your business is much
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Drawing 300,000 Customers Every 40 Days
Consider the value in a location that entices retailers to relocate from just a mile down the road. This location
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Three Key Results: How Signage Impacts Your Bottom Line
There is leverage in locating your business on the corner of West Main Street and North Drake Road, where the
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Benefit from your biggest competitors
“Why spend the money when they’ve already spent it for you?” – Entrepreneur   Your biggest competitors have already devoted
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High-profile location, affordable rent
Two healthy, high-value locations for your business: West Century Center and 308 N. Drake Road   Four Reasons Why They
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The #1 Reason to Open your Business at Kalamazoo Crossings
Forbes emphasized “there are countless stories of startups finding the road to massive growth by first starting with smaller communities.”
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New Verizon Smart Store Comes to Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo, MI – Verizon Wireless opened its first West Michigan “Smart Store” last Friday, June 13th in Alpine Township, and
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The #1 Reason to Choose Kalamazoo Crossings: Your Competition is Already There
Shopping for retail space? The City of Kalamazoo is evolving and ready for more retail development. Kalamazoo offers a variety
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Visibility, Presence and Comfort: Kalamazoo Crossings
A study conducted by the U.S. Small Business Administration estimated that approximately 50% of people visit a business for the
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45,000 Reasons to Locate your Business at Kalamazoo Crossings
“Impulse purchasing accounts for 40% of consumer spending .”   What leads to an impulsive purchase is a psychological decision
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Coming Soon: New Business in Kalamazoo
Heads are turning in every direction as Kalamazoo reveals new businesses, re-branding the city as a destination for emerging retailers
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3 Key Reasons Kalamazoo Crossings Retail Center is the Next Hot Market
Kalamazoo is at a turning point where the spark of placemaking is igniting “hot new market” neighborhoods that fuel the
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The One Program that Makes Kalamazoo a Better Place
Called the “Kalamazoo Promise,” it is a program that lives up to its promise by providing an amazing gift of
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5 Key Attributes of a Thriving Business Community
By choosing Kalamazoo, you offer an extension to your work environment by providing access to nearby outdoor activities, encouraging employees
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Part One: 8 Essential Lifestyle Components Businesses Look for in their Community
Part One: Downtown’s best places for food, drinks, and wellness needs Downtown Craves Raise Your Spirits Health and Wellness  
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Part Two: 8 Essential Lifestyle Components Businesses Look for in their Community
Part Two: Downtown’s arts and entertainment Art Enthusiasts Movie-Goers Shopaholics Festival Seekers Stay and Relax   Art Enthusiasts Be sure
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Critical Economic Reasons Your Business Should Consider Kalamazoo
The greater Kalamazoo metropolitan area and Southwest Michigan are experiencing a renaissance unlike any other leading area in the State
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Grow Your Business, Expand Your Network
“Since 1990, more than $500 million have been invested in downtown Kalamazoo and 2,500 new jobs have been created, signifying
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PlazaCorp Supports “Young Artists of Kalamazoo County”
Opening weekend was a huge success for “Young Artists of Kalamazoo County!” Doors opened Saturday, March 8th to the Kalamazoo
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Guest Post: The Importance of Conducting Environmental Due Diligence in Real Property Transactions
Written by Lisa K. Phillips, CGWP, CP, Phillips Environmental Consulting Services, Inc.. A property is for sale, the location is
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Michigan's Business Tax 14th Best in the Nation
There is great news for Michigan, a state that has in the past been described as unfriendly to business. The
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Autumn in Kalamazoo
Autumn is in full swing in Kalamazoo, where today it is a beautiful but blustery day. As the rest of
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Omega Computer Services
Just in time to start a fresh new year, Omega Computer Services is moving from a cramped office to a
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Retailers: Leasing versus Buying
It makes sense that many businesses looking for a new location are drawn to areas where similar businesses exist. Retailers
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How Commercial Real Estate Agents Can Help Small Business Owners
Owners of small businesses often don’t have time to contemplate much beyond the day to day operations that keep them
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5 Reasons to move your business to Kalamazoo
The State of Michigan has many notable cities, including beautiful college and university towns like Ann Arbor, Lansing, Alma, and
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Upcoming Events at Shakespeare's Pub
There are two special events occurring over the next several months at downtown Kalamazoo’s Shakespeare’s Pub. On May 30, 2013,
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Phantom Fireworks opens at The Shoppes of Romence Village
The countdown to the Fourth of July celebration of the founding of our nation is on, and Phantom Fireworks, the
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New Thai Restaurant Opens in Portage, Michigan
A Thai Cafe recently opened in Portage, Michigan at 7089 South Westnedge. The restaurant adds to the culinary diversity available
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Tips for Finding Retail Space
Tips for locating, leasing, and moving into a new retail space were recently set forth in an article by Alfred
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CPR® opens in Portage, Michigan
A franchise of CPR® (Cell Phone Repair) opened April 22, 2013 in Portage, Michigan. CPR® repairs cell phones, game consoles,
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Forest City Enterprises
I had the pleasure to work on a transaction as the Seller of the Shops at Romance Village in Portage
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NAI Wisinski of West Michigan
I have found working with the Plaza Corp team a pleasure. From the top down, they have assembled a great
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Amicus Management
As the court-appointed receiver for a number of distressed properties, I have seen Plazacorp successfully purchase loan and property assets
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Erberts & Gerberts comes to Portage, Michigan.
On February 14th, Erberts & Gerberts opened at 6493 S. Westnedge in Portage, Michigan. The restaurant, known for soups and
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Building Leaders, Growing Businesses | Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership | Simulcast Kalamazoo/Portage
Building Leaders, Growing Businesses When: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 Where: Kalamazoo/Portage Saint Michael Lutheran Church 7211 Oakland Drive Portage, MI
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Biggs|Gilmore Named Top Agency in 2011 IAC for Third Consecutive Year
Another Plazacorp tenant is in the news! See the details at their webpage.
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