High St is the heart of Columbus. The continuous commercial spine which slices through some of the best neighborhoods in the city. It’s dense, walkable, vibrant, and offers a great local experience you can’t get anywhere else. We don’t mean to slight other areas around town, but have to acknowledge that High St is king. These posts offer a roundup of closings, openings, and changes so you can stay up to date with what’s happening on High.
Yoga Six to Open First Ohio Location at South Campus Gateway
Last week, we gave you a roundup of upcoming changes rumored to be in store for the South Campus Gateway development adjacent to The Ohio State University. Now today, Columbusight can confirm at least one of those rumors as fact.
Fast-growing national retailer Yoga Six will be opening their first studio location in Ohio later this summer at 1624 N High St.
The nearly 4,500 sqft space has been vacant since its previous occupant, athletic shoe and apparel retailer Finish Line, closed up shop in January 2014.
Yoga Six operates a chain of full-service studios offering programming which includes traditionally inspired set-sequence flows, hot yoga, vinyasa yoga, specialty yoga classes, as well as fitness classes – at a variety of experience levels.
The studios also include a retail boutique selling clothing and accessories, locker rooms and showers, and a social lounge area.
The company has been expanding rapidly into new markets lately from its home base in Southern California, with 8 locations open currently in the San Diego, Chicago, and St Louis metro areas. In addition to Columbus, a studio location in Kansas City is expected to open this year.
The addition of Yoga Six to the South Campus Gateway retail lineup comes as Easton developer Steiner + Associates has been brought on to lease and manage the development, taking over from Colliers International.
In the past few years, vacancy has grown at Gateway as multiple tenants have departed including Finish Line, Charlie Bear: Land of Dance, Gooeyz, Kildare’s Irish Pub, Pizza Rustica, and Huntington Bank – which now operates only an ATM at its former High St branch location. Additionally, OSU has backfilled multiple unoccupied retail spaces, like the former Sunflower Market, with university offices.
More than 10,000 sqft of space also remains vacant having never been leased at all since the development’s completion in 2005.
Still, the prime location along High St next to one of the largest universities in the nation, proximity to booming near-downtown neighborhoods like the Short North, plentiful parking, and perhaps most importantly – the planned development of hundreds of new housing units to its immediate South, are driving renewed interest in Gateway as a retail destination.
The quasi-public development corporation Campus Partners, which owns the mixed-use center, has expressed optimism that it will finally, for the first time ever, be fully-leased by the end of 2015.
Besides Yoga Six, other recent additions include Oxley’s Tavern and Grillery, local retailer Simply Vague, World of Beer, CampusParc, and Wendy’s 90° Lab technology innovation hub.
We’ll continue to follow new additions and changes at Gateway, and post updates as we hear them.
For more information on South Campus Gateway visit their website, southcampusgateway.com.
For more information on Yoga Six visit their website, yogasix.com.
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