Cherry Republic to open store in Holland
December 16, 2016
HOLLAND, MI -- Holland scored an early Christmas present with news that Cherry Republic plans to open a store in its downtown.
The popular Northern Michigan retailer known for all things cherry opted for the Lakeshore community, home to the Tulip festival, over the larger Grand Rapids market for its first West Michigan location.
Cherry Republic plans to open a 2,745-square-foot shop at 29 W. Eighth Street, according to NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, which brokered the deal.
"We will make it feel like one of our stores but with a Holland flair," promised Bob Sutherland, president and founder of Cherry Republic, in a statement.
The retailer is expected to hire about 15 people to staff the new store that will open in March.
It will be the sixth store for the Glen Arbor retailer, which has locations in Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.
Cherry Republic is known for incorporating cherries in most of their products. The fun of visiting a store is sampling the retailer's assortment of jams, salsas, dips and cookies while shopping. The Holland location will feature a tasting bar where customers can try cherry-flavored wines and sodas.
"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, Mark Kuyers, associate broker of Lumir Real Estate.
Sutherland said the the company will make a contribution to the community beyond its retail footprint by donating to various organizations and working to improve the environment and quality of life in the greater Holland area.
One of Cherry Republic's goals is to protect farmland and improve the local farm- to-table businesses in the Holland area, he added.