Partridge Creek is in trouble, the village of Rochester Hills is not. What is the difference?
The village of Rochester Hills, however, has been successful in attracting new tenants for a host of reasons.
First, the Whole Foods Market serves as a regular draw for customers to other businesses in the center, Gibbs said. Unlike department stores, for example, grocers tend to attract customers more frequently.
Although Nino Salvaggio’s Market in Partridge Creek attracts shoppers, it is on an outlot and not in the mall itself like Whole Foods is in Rochester Village.
“Partridge Creek is cool, don’t get me wrong,” said Randy Thomas, manager of Insite Commercial, based in Commerce Township, who works on the Five & Main outdoor mall at Commerce, which is in the works. in a bit of fashion for over two decades.
“But they designed it around these big boxes, and what happens when there is no one to occupy them? Or when the next tenant who occupies them is not a real complement to the center” Thomas said.
Plus, a more convenient parking setup allows customers to drive to storefronts, unlike Partridge Creek, where parking is located outdoors, more like a traditional indoor mall.
Bruce Aikens, vice president of developer and owner Robert B. Aikens & Associates LLC, said the 375,000 square foot village of Rochester Hills was about 95% occupied.
Aikens is also the developer of Five & Main, which has seen some of the residential development of Hunter Pasteur Homes of Farmington Hills and PulteGroup Inc. of Atlanta come to fruition in recent years.
The village of Rochester Hills was once the Meadowbrook Village Mall, but was redeveloped and opened in 2002 as part of a $ 90 million project. Like Partridge Creek, it also lost its Carson’s store but was replaced by Von Maur, which is slated to open next year.