Cherry Republic coming to downtown Holland
Popular Glen Arbor-based retailer Cherry Republic will be opening a sixth Michigan location in downtown Holland in March 2017.
The retailer will fill the 2,745 square foot space recently left vacant by Yeta's Women's Apparel located at 29 West 8th Street.
Todd Leinberger of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan assisted Cherry Republic in finding the location and said that very little will need to be changed with the space moving forward.
"The renovations to the current space will be minor since it has been left in terrific condition," Leinberger said.
The store hopes to hire between 12 and 15 employees to staff the new location, which joins locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.
"Cherry Republic has been on my list of potential retailers because they are a Michigan company selling Michigan products and it will be a perfect addition to Holland," said building landlord and associate broker of Lumir Real Estate Mark Kuyers.
Cherry Republic president and founder Bob Sutherland explained that the location would be like the other stores but would add a bit of a "Holland flair."
Sutherland also said they are proud to be coming to the Holland area and hope to help Holland continue to be a sought after destination for shoppers and tourists.
On top of being a destination for Holland shoppers, the retailer also plans to donate to various locations and will work to improve the environment and quality of life in the greater Holland area. They also plan to raise money for different programs to protect farmland and improve farm to table businesses around the Holland area.
Cherry Republic was founded in 1989 with Bob Sutherland selling T-shirts out of the trunk of his car. The company expanded and began packaging cherry cookies and dried cherries and today the company has close to 200 cherry products.