With the addition of two women’s apparel stores, Surrey Center has nearly filled all of its vacant spots.
A boutique called one., which replaced The Village, opened in the Highland Avenue shopping center March 27.
A franchise fashion store called fab’rik will occupy the former New York Butcher Shoppe and Sweetbrier Fair spaces on the top level of the shopping center. It is set to open April 19.
Surrey Center’s high traffic volume and existing establishments attracted fab’rik, said co-owner Ashley Babbitt.
The 50-space shopping center has one vacancy, the former location of Aroma Coffee & Wine, which closed in May.
Surrey Center Merchant’s Association President Chuck Baldwin said the center’s accessibility keeps it full with tenants and busy with customers.
“Most of the business are locally owned here,” said Baldwin, who has owned French Market Grille in Surrey Center for 30 years. “There’s a certain type of person that doesn’t want to go to the chains, whether it’s food-wise or clothing-wise.”
When one store closes, it typically doesn’t take long for another to open in that spot, he said.
Susan Lanier, who owns Susan’s in Surrey Center, said she welcomes additional boutiques because they all carry different fashion lines.
“We’re just delighted because it brings more people to the center,” said Lanier, who has operated a clothing store there since 1991.