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The Shops at Westshore

CD Barnes Construction

Posted: July 6, 2018 | Projects

At its peak in 1990, the Westshore Mall in Holland, Michigan, had 50-plus retail tenants and its fair share of shoppers. Fast forward to 2015. The 26-year-old mall suffered from a decade of retail downturn, and only a dozen retailers remained in the mall. The once robust shopping center became more of a ghost town that was better known for its walkers than its stores.

In 2012, when the mall was sold to Versa Development, the new owners saw a diamond in the rough and started developing a new plan for the declining mall. A few years later, Versa hired CD Barnes Construction as their construction manager to “de-mall” the center and redevelop the 40-acre property in hopes of bringing it back to life. The goal of the project was to transform the enclosed mall into a boutique-style retail center, allowing customers greater accessibility to individual stores from parking areas — a recent successful trend in the retail industry.

The mall remained open during construction, which entailed extensive sitework and included:

  • demolishing 25 percent of the interior space;
  • upgrading the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression systems;
  • roofing;
  • installing a new façade;
  • constructing four new out lot buildings in front of the main mall, which added 14 additional tenant spaces.

In the last few years, West Michigan’s growing economy, increased tourism, and quality-of-life rankings have made it an attractive market for retailers to take advantage of. With this enthusiastic outlook and redevelopment in progress, the mall hired a new leasing agent and rebranded themselves as The Shops at Westshore. While the mall’s three original anchor stores – Younkers, Dunham’s Sports, and JC Penney – remained in the mall, Burlington Coat Factory was added as the fourth anchor store during the project.

As the project progressed, additional tenants found homes in the revitalized mall. Strategically chosen were mid-priced retailers that wouldn’t be so vulnerable to a wavering economy. Build-outs for these tenants included ATI Physical Therapy, Charles Schwab, Chipotle, Edible Arrangements, FedEx Office, Menchies Frozen Yogurt, MidiCi Pizza, Noodles and Company, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, and Sleep Number.

The intelligent rebranding of the mall into a boutique-style retail center helped to repurpose it into a successful venture that stands as a tribute to smart redevelopment.  


General Contractor & Cost Estimator
CD Barnes Construction
3437 Eastern Avenue, S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Architect & Structural Engineer 
Rogvoy Architects
32500 Telegraph Road, #250
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
EAM Engineers, Inc.
400 S. Old Woodward, # 100
Birmingham, MI 48009

Civil Engineer
Exxel Engineering, Inc.
5252 Clyde Park, S.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49509

Westshore Mall Investors, LLC
25900 W. 11 Mile Road, #250
Southfield, MI 48034

Location: Holland, Michigan
Date Bid: Mar 2015
Construction Period: May 2015 to Aug 2016          
Total Square Feet: 370,125
Site: 8.49 acres.
Number of Buildings: Six.
Building Sizes: Main Building, 326,950; Outlot A, 8,208; Outlot B, 10,200; Outlot C, 10,300; Outlot D, 6,521; Outlot E, 7,946; total, 370,125 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 22′; total, 22′.  
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/New Construction.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. 
Exterior Walls: CMU, steel stud EIFS.
Roof: Membrane. 
Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

View full project details in magazine issue July-August 2018.