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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 TreeRead more.
‘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 itsRead more.
$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 KalamazooRead more.
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 numbersRead more.
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 redevelopmentRead more.
Former Gibson Guitar Factory
The following is in response to the article (“Former Gibson Guitar smokestack in line for demolition pending permit review”) posted 1/12/2015Read more.
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 likeRead more.
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 productiveRead more.
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 developRead more.
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,Read more.
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 intoRead more.
The ‘Centre’ of Attraction
What attracts you to a place and motivates you to return is your experience and fulfillment. Such centralized places offerRead more.
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 onRead more.
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.Read more.
Blaze Opens First Kalamazoo Location
Kalamazoo, MI – California pizza chain, Blaze Pizza, will open its first Kalamazoo location on September 11, bringing a wholeRead more.
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)Read more.
Portage Shopping District Offers Opportunity
The South Westnedge Avenue retail corridor is a popular shopping destination for Portage, Michigan. For its collective mix of retailRead more.
Available for Destination Businesses
“Traditionally, people market to their local area, within a 15 minute drive. The problem is that in today’s economy, youRead more.
Micro-Demographic With “Macro-Value”
“Quality over quantity”, a concept applied by most savvy shoppers, is also a relevant philosophy for savvy business owners whenRead more.
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 muchRead more.
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 locationRead more.
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 theRead more.
Benefit from your biggest competitors
“Why spend the money when they’ve already spent it for you?” – Entrepreneur Your biggest competitors have already devotedRead more.
High-profile location, affordable rent
Two healthy, high-value locations for your business: West Century Center and 308 N. Drake Road Four Reasons Why TheyRead more.
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.”Read more.
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, andRead more.
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 varietyRead more.
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 theRead more.
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 decisionRead more.
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 retailersRead more.
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 theRead more.
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 ofRead more.
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 employeesRead more.
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 WellnessRead more.
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 sureRead more.
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 StateRead more.
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, signifyingRead more.
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 KalamazooRead more.
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 isRead more.
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. TheRead more.
Autumn in Kalamazoo
Autumn is in full swing in Kalamazoo, where today it is a beautiful but blustery day. As the rest ofRead more.
Omega Computer Services
Just in time to start a fresh new year, Omega Computer Services is moving from a cramped office to aRead more.
Retailers: Leasing versus Buying
It makes sense that many businesses looking for a new location are drawn to areas where similar businesses exist. RetailersRead more.
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 themRead more.
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, andRead more.
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,Read more.
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, theRead more.
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 availableRead more.
Tips for Finding Retail Space
Tips for locating, leasing, and moving into a new retail space were recently set forth in an article by AlfredRead more.
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,Read more.
Forest City Enterprises
I had the pleasure to work on a transaction as the Seller of the Shops at Romance Village in PortageRead more.
NAI Wisinski of West Michigan
I have found working with the Plaza Corp team a pleasure. From the top down, they have assembled a greatRead more.
As the court-appointed receiver for a number of distressed properties, I have seen Plazacorp successfully purchase loan and property assetsRead more.
Erberts & Gerberts comes to Portage, Michigan.
On February 14th, Erberts & Gerberts opened at 6493 S. Westnedge in Portage, Michigan. The restaurant, known for soups andRead more.
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, MIRead more.
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.Read more.