Closing of a competitive swimsuit store on River Avenue

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HOLLAND — A competitive swimwear store, often used by parents with students on swim teams, has closed in downtown Holland.

It is unclear exactly when Making Waves closed at 211 S. River Ave. The store posted on social media from the Holland Aquatic Center in late March, but made no announcement of its impending closure.

“We are not closing our store,” the company wrote to The Sentinel when asked about landlord/tenant litigation legal proceedings involving the company in early 2021. A sign on the door now reads: “ We are closed.”

Locations remain in Berkley, Michigan; Walnut Creek, California; Campbell, California, and Portland, Oregon, according to Making Waves website.

It is unclear exactly when Making Waves closed at 211 S. River Ave.  The store posted on social media from the Holland Aquatic Center in late March, but made no announcement of its impending closure.

The closure means another vacancy along River Avenue, joining the former top sports store and the vacant future Mayberry & Co. – who announced he would be moving in February, but has not yet shared where.

While River Avenue has often struggled for foot traffic, additions like Bambu dessert and tea shop and retailer Brick and Ivy Market — plus the recent completion of The River Place at the corner of Ninth and River — helped.

Traffic along River Avenue is also expected to increase as downtown Holland continues to expand from its original area, with potential waterfront development and a five-story condominium complex, Towers on River, well advanced.

— Contact journalist Cassandra Lybrink at [email protected]. Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.

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