The White Lake Township property owned by Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. that languished for three years before the company walked away from it — and the rest of its Michigan leases — two years ago is boasting new retailers.
Replacing the former Farmer Jack store that A&P operated at the Highland Road site are a 28,046-square-foot Bed Bath & Beyond and a 25,660-square-foot Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.
Gershenson Realty & Investment, the broker for White Lake Marketplace, said in a release that it was also able to bring GameStop and Batteries Plus to the property.
The new stores join Walmart Supercenter, Home Depot, Office Max, Fashion Bug, Payless ShoeSource, Bath & Body Works, Bank of America and Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar.
In fall 2010, A&P had stopped paying rent on nearly 2 million square feet of retail and industrial space locally, triggering 24 lawsuits.
By: Sherri Welch, Crain’s Detroit