Dunham Sports will be occupying the old KMart space at the Alpena Mall. KMart moved across the road some years ago and the mall itself floundered with disinterest as stores came and went but not much seemed to stay. JCPenny still anchors the opposite end of the mall as it has since 1981.
The changes to the entrance of the building that face US-23 are looking impressive. Changes like this could well spark a renewed interest for better shopping options to take root in the US-23 South corridor. It will take more than just changes in one building to make that shopping area inviting. A true vision needs to be put in place from the Bear Pointe Shopping Plaza all the way up to the intersection of US-23 and Ripley Blvd.
Currently a large section in that stretch of US-23 South is littered with some newer and older buildings with signage all over the place. There is no real continuity to the look or feel of the shopping district. It feels cluttered.
Flowerland moved from its location at the corner of State & Chisholm in downtown Alpena (previously Summit Sports). The move to the new location in the Thunder Bay Shopping Center is probably a smart one. The location at State and Chisholm had great exposure for a business but lack of parking plus exiting either end of the property was a nightmare.
As the snow finally melts and Spring takes hold, it will be interesting to see what other changes are in store for the area.