5 ways to do your part in helping restaurants and retailers reopen safely.

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As restaurants, retailers and bars prepare to reopen in West Michigan and across the state, customers can do their part in helping businesses reopen their doors safely.

Restaurants and retailers have been given guidelines by the state to keep employees and customers as safe as possible once they reopen. This includes limiting capacity to 50% of normal seating, requiring at least 6 feet of separation between parties, creating communications for customers to inform them of changes, and providing physical guidelines such as tape on floors or signage, among a wide range of safety guidelines.

Supporting our community’s businesses with your dollars throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been critical to keeping many businesses afloat and getting to this point. We know there is a long road ahead and everyone wants to avoid any setbacks. Now that businesses are re-opening, it’s important everyone does their part to keep staff and customers safe.

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Mike Murray

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Grand Rapids

I have been with Colliers International | West Michigan for 20 years. I believe that honesty is imperative, and I always focus on meeting client needs. These qualities have been my primary assets in providing real estate services.

I also use my finely-tuned market knowledge and passion for retail to help clients make the most informed real estate decisions. I currently work with retailers, restaurants, developers, sellers, and landlords throughout West Michigan, including Taco Bell, AutoZone, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Culver’s, Jimmy John’s, and Chick-fil-A.

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Mark Ansara

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Grand Rapids

I specialize in retail land development, landlord and tenant representation, retail investment sales, and property disposition. I work mostly with national and local retailers in their acquisition of retail and restaurant space in Michigan. I have also worked with several local and national banks on the disposition of distressed bank-owned assets in the State of Michigan.

Before joining Colliers in 2011, I held positions in business development, management, and ownership for multiple restaurants and big-box retail organizations.

My experience at the store and corporate level with Eddie Bauer, Best Buy, and American Eagle Outfitters provide me with a thorough knowledge of the retail market, and a strong foundation for ensuring excellent service to retail clientele.

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Earl Clements

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Grand Rapids

I have been involved in some of the Midwest’s largest retail projects, bringing more than 35 years of experience and national-level retail contacts to the Colliers International | West Michigan team. I am well-known for my expertise and attention to detail in retail and tenant site location. Most notably, I am known for my work in consulting local communities on their location of retail properties. I also frequently assist clients by lending my knowledge in marketing.

Prior to joining Colliers, I served as the president of Visser Development, Inc., for 16 years. While at Visser, I was responsible for the development, management, leasing, and sale of numerous West Michigan strip centers and enclosed malls.

Before Visser, I spent seven years in marketing and management at The Taubman Centers, Inc. - an international developer of regional malls.

My early years at Taubman prepared me for my success as a major retail broker by providing me with the management skills needed to oversee large transactions and the creativity to develop creative retail, real estate solutions.

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Chris Prins

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Grand Rapids


I joined Colliers in 2013 while pursuing my degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing at Grand Valley State University.

Originally hired as a retail intern, I swiftly gained a reputation as a trusted and professional retail broker.

My marketing knowledge, combined with my honesty and drive to provide the best customer service possible, provide me with a solid foundation to serve my clients in today’s competitive market.

Primarily working with retailers, restaurateurs and landlords, my most notable clients consist of Popeye's, Freshii, AutoZone, Casey’s General Store, Clean Juice, Biggby Coffee, and Rockford Construction.

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Jon Geenen


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Having lived in West Michigan my entire life, I have a wealth of knowledge around the local market, specifically on retail. I joined Colliers International | West Michigan in 2018 immediately following my franchisee ownership in the retail sector, and will use my understanding of the market to bring bring a unique perspective to the team.

I will build my client portfolio through my existing market knowledge and ambition to provide a quality experience to those I work with. The new opportunity and the potential for a career in helping those who are similar to I was when building a franchise is extremely exciting for me. This will all allow me to provide accurate and in-depth information on the surrounding areas.

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