HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Some big changes are coming to a Holland-area mall, and it could help revitalize the struggling shopping center.
Thursday, business leaders in Holland broke ground on The Shops at Westshore — a renovation project that will replace the current Westshore Mall in Holland Township.
The owners didn’t want 24 Hour News 8’s cameras inside the mall, but video from a shopper shows it’s practically empty. The new project is hoping to change that.
They call it “de-malling” — getting rid of the traditional indoor walkway and creating an outdoor shopping center. The owner says the changes will make Westshore similar to what customers see at The Shops at Centerpointe Mall in Grand Rapids.
“I’m super excited. We brought this three years ago. We think there’s a lot of potential. We know the market is continuing to attract tenants. So we’re excited that we can provide those tenants with a place to go,” said Greg Erne, part owner of The Shops at Westshore.
A woman who was shopping at the mall on Thursday for the first time in 10 years said she’s hopeful the change will be good for the community.
“I think it’d be easier to get in and out. It won’t be so hard. And I think it’ll bring it a lot more people,” Amanda Pandell said.
The shops have already gotten commitments from two restaurants: Anna’s House and On The Border.
Construction starts next week. The mall will be open during construction. The owner says shoppers will start to see the changes really take shape in about six months.