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 The Village of Rochester Hills and its merchants have implemented a number of safety protocols amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Village of Rochester Hills and its merchants have implemented a number of safety protocols amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Construction is booming at the Village of Rochester Hills

Outdoor retail center to welcome five new tenants

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published July 21, 2020

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Amidst the COVID19 pandemic, construction is ramping up on a number of new stores within the Village of Rochester Hills.

Margaux Keusch, the senior director of leasing for the outdoor retail center, said it has been another successful year of leasing — with Lovesac, Von Maur, Robert Redford’s Sundance Catalog, Dry Goods and YogaSix all slated to open their doors within the next year or so.

“They are really exciting tenants that will be new to the center and will support our merchandise mix there,” she said.

Lovesac, which opened July 20 for appointment only, may mark the first new store opening in the region since the shutdown last March, according to Keusch. Lovesac is a specialty furniture brand that features “The World’s Most Adaptable Couch.” All Lovesac “Sactionals” are eco-friendly and have changeable covers, according to the company.

Dry Goods — which offers fashionable clothing, jewelry and accessories — will open in the fall of 2020.

“They have 60 locations in the United States. They are a fun retailer, their stores are beautiful and I think it will really appeal to our customers,” Keusch said.

YogaSix, a national boutique yoga studio, will open in the fall. Keusch said the yoga studio delivers six core classes for all ages, shapes, sizes, genders and athletic abilities. Although the space is not currently under construction, the yoga studio is offering demonstrations and classes in the park.

Sundance Catalog — Robert Redford’s iconic American lifestyle retailer of men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, footwear, accessories and home furnishings — is currently under construction and will open early spring 2021.

“It will be the first and only one in the state,” Keusch said.

The iconic Midwest department store, Von Maur, will also open in the spring of 2021. Keusch said Von Maur offers fashion forward apparel, an expansive shoe department, accessories, beauty and gifts.

“I think it’s incredible to be opening up such a fashion-forward anchor store that’s really known for their great customer service,” Keusch said.

Due to COVID-19, Keusch said the Village of Rochester Hills, and its merchants, have implemented a number of necessary safety protocols, added hand sanitizing stations throughout the common areas and continue to take rigorous steps to clean and disinfect high-touch and high-traffic surfaces. She said the Village asks that everyone respect social distancing guidelines and store-specific guidelines.

Restaurants at the center have also expanded their outdoor patio seating areas, and Keusch said they really excel at take-out service.

“I do think that we have a real advantage being an open-air lifestyle environment, especially with having Whole Foods at the center. People go to the center frequently, and I think that being outdoors has really made it an easier shopping experience,” Keusch said.

Bruce Aikens, vice chairman of Robert B. Aikens & Associates, which owns the Village, said the property has been a part of the community for over 40 years, and as always, the health and safety of both shoppers and employees remain the highest priorities.

“We encourage our guests to take advantage of our wide sidewalks and beautiful outside location to enjoy the summertime fresh air, fashion and fun,” he said in a statement.

Returning Village shoppers, especially those with young children, will also notice the small play equipment and decorative climbing sculptures in the two main common spaces have been removed and replaced with grass.

“We haven’t really announced what we’re doing there yet, but we’re looking at making the parks more accessible for a number of different events and also for people to be able to sit out there, adding some more tables and chairs,” Keusch said.

The Village of Rochester Hills is located at the southeast corner of Walton Boulevard and Adams Road. For more information, visit www.villageofrochesterhills.com.

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