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What’s going on at The Greene? Pop-up shop program to bring in new retailers 

A new puzzle shop has opened at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, and plenty of other unique stores could open soon at the retail development through a new pop-up shop program.

Puzzle Plus, a family-owned puzzle store, sells jigsaws, brain teasers, puzzle books and games. The store carries games and puzzles for all ages and skill levels. The puzzle store opened in 1995 in Beavercreek, but just opened a new location at The Greene at 4465 Glengarry Drive. That’s next to Tilly’s and across from the Beech Parking Garage.

Puzzles Plus is a family-owned retail store selling jigsaw puzzles, games, brain teasers, puzzle books, all-age toys, and children’s toys, according to its website. The original Beavercreek store will remain open, owner Steve Nordmeyer said.

“We really like the location,” Nordmeyer said. “There’s lots of foot traffic and its larger than our original store so we have room for more puzzles and more games.”

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Steve Willsaw, general manager of The Greene Town Center, said Puzzles Plus got their start through a new program the center is trying out. The Greene is introducing pop-up shops, where the town center is allowing small business to test their product sales on the weekends.

It worked for Puzzles Plus, and the business signed a longer lease.

“The gist of the program is that someone will be able to utilize a finished out space that is already fully fixtured for a week at a time. I think that the thing that is really appealing about this is that the businesses will only be required to pay us a small fee for each day they are actually open for business not all the days of occupancy. This has been very appealing so far. There are no other fees involved to operate in the space,” Willshaw told this news organization in an email.

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The pop-up shops will be housed in a space at 4420 Glengarry Road across from Sephora. The Greene is cleaning the space and planning for an early mid-September occupancy for the business. While the space won’t have any food or beverage tenants, The Greene is also working on a restaurant incubator program.

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