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New retailer moving into empty Jenison and Kalamazoo storefronts
New retailer moving into empty Jenison and Kalamazoo storefronts

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new business is moving into two empty storefronts in Jenison and Kalamazoo.

Garden Ridge is in the process of remodeling the former Target store located at 334 Chicago Drive in Jenison. The store has remained empty since October 2012 when Target decided to move to a larger location off 44th Street and Ivanrest Avenue in Grandville.

Garden Ridge store manager Christopher Scholle says workers have ripped out the old tile, carpeting, café and pharmacy to make way for the store’s extensive inventory, which includes everything from pots to hand-painted artwork.  Scholle says crews are about 75 to 80 percent finished with repainting the space.  He expects to hold a soft opening in mid-January 2014.  

Scholle says the Jenison store will hire approximately 20-25 new employees.   Garden Ridge will begin posting job openings on the company’s main website late next week.

Scholle says Garden Ridge is also in the process of transforming the former Kmart Store located at 4620 Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo.  The company plans to hire an additional 20-25 employees for that store, which will likely open a couple weeks after the Jenison store.

Scholle says Garden Ridge decided to move into West Michigan because the retailer is rapidly expanding and is unlike any other in the area.  He says the locations of both facilities appealed to the company because they’re located next to major roads.

Garden Ridge operates 67 stores nationwide, including two other locations in Michigan.  Garden Ridge is actually a home décor superstore, not a garden store.  The retailer took its name from the city it was founded in: Garden Ridge, Texas.