Monday, March 21, 2011

Interiors Marketplace extends lease, looks to move

A design store at the corner of Providence and Queens roads is searching for a new spot, but will be open at its current location through the end of the year, its owners say.

Interiors Marketplace has operated in the 4,500-square-foot building that used to house Myers Park Hardware for three years, since moving from its old location in the South End. But Harris Teeter announced last month that it will be building a new, two-story store on the site to replace its current small-format Harris Teeter Express.

"That particular location is a very visible," said John Vieregg, co-owner of Interiors Marketplace with his wife Kelly. "The corner of Providence and Queens is one of the best retail sites in the whole city."

The Viereggs signed a lease extension for Interiors through the end of this year while Harris Teeter petitions the city to rezone the site and allow construction to begin. They're searching for a new, larger location, ideally about 7,000- to 10,000-square-feet and only a few miles away.

The lease extension has alleviated uncertainty about how long they'll be there and allowed their merchants to restock the location, the Viereggs said. They've also been able to set up another season of Common Grounds, a farmers market next to the store that benefits the Urban Ministry Center.

John Vieregg said the current location has been good for building relationships with the nearby community, a vibe he hopes to continue when the store finds a new space.

"We get a lot of neighbors that walk to the store," Vieregg said. "It's been a great temporary home."


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