KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Visitors to the Woodland Mall are in store for a sweet addition.
Mall owner PREIT announced Thursday The Cheecake Factory will open in the renovated mall. The 8,500 square-foot restaurant is slated to open in late October where Bar Louie is currently located, a Woodland Mall official confirmed.
“The other restaurants here at the mall have said they’d be very interested in interviewing with the Bar Louie employees because they know they already understand the customer here and have already been trained. They’d be great employees to transition and so we’ve got opportunities for them,” Woodland Mall Marketing Director Cecily McCabe told 24 Hour News 8.
This will be the state’s second Cheesecake Factory and the only one in West Michigan. Michigan’s other Cheesecake Factory is located at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi.
The Cheesecake Factory isn’t the only new business popping up in the 28th Street mall. The doors to REI’s standalone store on the mall’s property are expected to open sometime between April 1 and June 30. Black Rock Bar & Grill is also expected to serve up its first meal this summer after the completion of a $90 million expansion where Sears used to sit.
Von Maur will become the new anchor store for the renovated wing, along with space for approximately 10 other businesses.
The construction signals success many malls around the country aren’t seeing. McCabe believes a booming local economy mixed with companies adapting sales approaches creates the perfect storm for Woodland’s growth.
“The brick-and-mortars that have figured out how to synergize their online sales with the brick-and-mortar are the ones that are staying and they’re successful and we’re excited to be part of that growth,” McCabe explained. “A lot of these retailers, national merchants are choosing Grand Rapids because Grand Rapids is growing. We’re a great community to live in, we’re a great community to work in and with all the new construction going on they see all the positives.”
The Von Maur wing and Cheesecake Factory are both set to open by the fall.