Restaurants showing interest in Blockbuster store space in Ann Arbor
Tom Goldberg, a co-owner of the Woodland Plaza shopping center at the corner of Main and Ann Arbor-Saline, said the Blockbuster’s decision to close was “no surprise” due to the video rental chain’s struggles.
“It’s been widely anticipate for a long time,” he said.
But since the owners anticipated Blockbuster’s exit, they’ve already been soliciting interest from possible tenants — and the response has been strong, Goldberg said.
“Restaurants seem to be the key tenants looking at it,” he said.
Goldberg said the space would likely have to be split up, but that he expects to have deals under contract within about 90 days.
“Most of the Blockbuster spaces were well located in good shopping centers, so the leasing is not going to be as challenging as some other vacant properties right now,” he said.
The Blockbuster space in Goldberg’s complex benefits from the Busch’s grocery store, which anchors the shopping center, and nearby restaurants such as Qdoba and Domino’s Pizza.