Eight ground floor vacancies remain vacant in downtown Holland


HOLLAND – As the biggest event of the year looms, several ground floor vacancies remain open for retailers, restaurants or offices in downtown Holland.

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The warm months remain a key time for tourism along the lake, giving business owners a good reason to push for openings before tulip time. In total, according to a compiled report for the Downtown Development Authority, the city center of Holland has eight vacancies on the ground floor until March.

Of more than 840,000 square feet of total downtown ground-floor space, 5.64% — or just under 47,500 square feet — remains vacant. This does not include commercial space available at the end of The place of the river at River Avenue and Ninth Street. Current openings include:

4 E. Eighth Street.

Restaurant Alpenrose closed its doors in December 2020 after more than 25 years. The space was combined with the former SandCastle for Kids – a four-decade-old toy store that closed in November 2020. Bowerman’s on Eighth, a bakery and restaurant in Bowerman Blueberries, fills part of the space in January 2022, but part of the old Alpenrose remains.

According to a Lumir list, owner of the building, the space includes an entrance on Central Avenue (a change of address is currently in progress). Covering 8,000 square feet, the space is prepared for a restaurant, but usable for a retailer. The storefront includes an outdoor seating area and the banquet-style room where Alpenrose has hosted many local events.

In total, the historic building at 36 E. Eighth St. — plus a drive-thru building on Ninth Street listed next door — adds 25,257 square feet to vacant ground-floor housing in downtown Holland.

36 E. Eighth Street.

Visitors to downtown Holland can once again see “People’s State Bank” carved above the entrance to 36 E. Eighth St. For years, the sign advertised Fifth Third Bank.

The historic property was listed at $4.5 million in October by NorthStar Commercial LLC. The list has since been removed from the company’s online real estate inventory, but NorthStar representatives did not respond to repeated requests for comment on a potential sale.

In total, the historic building — plus a drive-thru building on Ninth Street listed next door — adds 25,257 square feet to the vacancy report.

Crust 54 moved across the street in June 2020, leaving the building at 54 E. Eighth St. vacant and ready for a new tenant.

54 E. Eighth Street.

Since 2012, this storefront has housed Crust 54, a pizza and pasta restaurant owned by Frank Scimeca. The restaurant closed in 2013 due to “extreme family health issues” and was put up for sale. Through a connection with the church, the Klaus family learned that the restaurant was available and bought it – making significant changes to make the business more profitable.

In May 2019, owner Matt Klaus purchased the building at 45 E. Eighth St. The restaurant closed and reopened into the space in June 2020, nearly a year after longtime tenant Subs N More was forced to close its doors. The 2,000 square foot space at 54 E. Eighth St. remains vacant.

Listed at $1.66 million, this historic building at 106 E. Eighth St. was once a fire station.  The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is listed on the National Historic Register.

106 E. Eighth Street.

Holland’s first public town hall and fire station was put on sale in March 2021. The Dutch Revival-style building was built in the 1880s and currently has a two-bedroom residence upstairs with commercial offices on the first floor.

The building was originally listed for $1.85 million, but — according to Zillow — that figure is now $1.66 million. A sale has been ongoing on the property since early December.

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202 S. River Ave.

After more than a century of serving customers in Holland, Superior Sport Store closed its downtown store in early 2021. Superior Sport Store was formerly Superior Cigar Store, founded in 1909 by Bert Vande Poel. The store at 202 River Ave. – formerly Boven Brothers Cigar Factory – primarily sold tobacco products and featured a soda fountain. The 3,300 square foot space remains vacant.

The former SpinDance building remains vacant at 238 S. River Ave.  in downtown Holland.

238 S. River Ave.

This 2,800 square foot space has remained vacant throughout the pandemic. It was once home to SpinDance, a software design company that moved above Holland Arts Council on Eighth Street in 2019. The storefront, adjacent to Parrots Lounge and near Centennial Park, is located on a retail-free block past the closure of Poppin Huis in 2021.

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224 Central Ave.

This former office near the corner of Ninth Street and Central Avenue has approximately 2,200 square feet available for rental by Lumir.

265 Kollen Park Parkway

This former office adjacent to Boatwerks and close to the site of a potential waterfront development by GDK has nearly 4,000 square feet of space available for rental.

— Contact journalist Cassandra Lybrink at cassandra.lybrink@hollandsentinel.com. Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.


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