Posted on 06-30-2015
A boutique and an eye clinic are the latest businesses to plan locations at Lake Lorraine.
The new leases mean a retail center along Marion Road south of 26th Street is nearly full.
Mainstream Boutique plans to move in next to the Sandbar & Grill. Franchisee Nanette Johnson also has a location in Watertown, S.D. and plans to open in Sioux Falls by late summer.
"I am loving it," she said. "It's just so fun working with the women coming in. We can find something that will really help them look good no matter what."
The boutique, which is based in Minneapolis, has about 60 locations.
It also is planning a store in the Dawley Farm retail area with a different franchisee.
The concept is a multigenerational approach to women's clothing and accessories, so women of all ages are able to find items there. Johnson said she liked the concept of Lake Lorraine, which will combine retail, offices and residences around a man-made lake.
"When I first saw it I thought it was a great spot," she said. "And it's easy to get to if you're coming from out of town right off the 26th Street exit. So I like the convenience and think it will be great once it all gets built up."
Dr. Shane Hartman agrees with her. The owner of Cornerstone Eye Clinic is moving in next to the boutique and expects to open in August.
"It just looked like a really neat area and very unique area for Sioux Falls," he said. "It seems to be a destination. As the shopping goes in back there, it's just going to draw people in there."
He is moving from a space inside the Walmart at 3209 S. Louise Ave. Hartman has been in business 13 years and also sees patients at the VA Medical Center two days a week.
He has one employee and is planning to add staff at the Lake Lorraine location.
"We will sell glasses and contacts, continue to provide optometric care and be able to expand more of the medical side in our new location," he said.
So developer Van Buskirk Companies is planning to build a new strip mall to the south.
"We're starting planning. The demand is there," Mike Van Buskirk said.
It will be about the same as the other buildings and could include a drive-up window.
"We've had interest in the site in general and really hadn't decided to do it until recently, but we're still getting calls on the center," Van Buskirk said.
The new businesses leave one spot left in the initial retail center.
- Jodi Schwan, Sioux Falls Business Journal