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Old Posted Oct 10, 2018, 1:46 PM
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Changes coming to Poplar Plaza, Memphis' first shopping center
Tom Bailey/ The Daily Memphian/ Oct 10, 2018

Interestingly enough..

"The 67-year-old Poplar Plaza is marketing some of its most high-profile space – at the busy corner of Poplar and Highland – for second-floor retail. Such upper-floor shopping – in this case, above the ground floor where Spin Street Music closed earlier this year – is more commonly seen in cities like New York or Chicago.
The center is also promoting itself now for a mix of uses, including office or possibly even residential tenants."

"The types of users for the ground-floor, old Spin Street space could range from stores to restaurants to brew pubs, he said."

For upstairs, “retail is still a bit of an uphill battle,’’ Brommer said. “I do think though, with the visibility of our 15,000 square feet on the ground floor, that might be a game-changer. We might be able to get a retailer leased over the Spin Street space. Also, we’re looking at mixed-use with a consultant,’’ he said, adding that the mix could include residential and office tenants."

We’ve got a lot of anchor-tenant nationals,’’ Brommer said. “What we think we’re lacking is some local flavor. Local restaurants and retailers that weren’t necessarily around 20 years ago. We just want to put them in the tenant mix; we think that might help.’’

"Local restaurants and stores can be so heavily visited that they help draw traffic for the entire center.
The Overton Square entertainment district is a strong example of a commercial center embracing local businesses, Brommer said. “Memphians embrace the Square.’’
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