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Alvast combats shop vacancy in Bergen op Zoom

Alvast has been around for almost 25 years, which means it's time for a look back at one of our successful projects from the past!

Retail vacancy has been a national problem for years. In 2016, Alvast responded to this problem. In Bergen op Zoom, Alvast filled no fewer than eight vacant storefronts with responsible entrepreneurs. Bergen op Zoom suddenly had a second-hand home furnishings store, a lifestyle and home accessories shop, a number of clothing stores, a specialty drugstore and a merchandise store!

Curious about how that process went? Read it below:

In the search for a high-quality store, a suitable candidate entrepreneur was carefully sought with the potential to grow into regular rental. During the selection procedure, the candidate entrepreneurs were assessed for flexibility and sense of responsibility. In addition, the growth potential of the entrepreneur's store concept was examined.

LNT Games & Movies was located adjacent to a pleasant square in the center of Bergen op Zoom. Customers can find a diverse range of merchandise here: from Disney and Super Mario bedding to clothing and toys. The face of this store is Linda Melisse Anthoni. Linda started an online store selling Super Mario merchandise from home in 2013. The webshop was successful and the range continued to expand, which quickly created a need for storage space. Customers felt the need to view and try the products. Reason enough for Linda to display her range in a retail space in Bergen op Zoom, from which she can also partly manage her webshop. Linda is a flexible entrepreneur. She quickly proved this by transforming a shell building into a full-fledged store within six weeks with the help of her family.

A few blocks away is Goodmorning Sunshine; a high-quality clothing store with fashionable clothing for children up to 10 years old. Goodmorning Sunshine started as a webshop in 2015. Entrepreneur Angelique has a penchant for fashion and regularly visits fashion fairs at home and abroad to gain inspiration and new trendy brands for her collection.

A real success story! Alvast is still proud of the temporary use in Bergen op Zoom at that time. We are always open to similar collaborations with municipalities, center managers and property owners to save more shopping centers from vacancy.

Are you at the start of your business and are you still looking for a business/retail space? Contact us today to discover what we can do for you!