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June 29, 2012  |  Loft Streets of West Chester Ohio

West Chester’s premier lifestyle center – The Streets of West Chester – has been gaining momentum with the development of its residential component and just recently stretched its retail wings with the announcement of new tenant LOFT.  

LOFT, a part of the Ann Taylor brand and a division of Ann Inc., will join j.jill, Chico’s and Barnes & Noble, as well as entertainment venues The Rave, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Bravo’s and P.F. Chang’s and other national brands to name a few.  

“The addition of a retail store of this caliber at The Streets of West Chester demonstrates a shift in the retail economic climate and may serve as an impetus for even further development of this first-of-its-kind lifestyle center in the area,” said Judi Boyko, West Chester Township Administrator. “LOFT is a woman’s clothier that appeals to a vast female audience, including myself, and it is certain to do well in our market.”  

LOFT offers an undeniably feminine appeal, special and unexpected details, and a flattering fit, according to the store’s website.  

The Streets of West Chester opened in 2004. The area immediately surrounding the retail component was planned to include class A office space and condominiums all within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Since its opening, this entertainment center has been a mainstay in the weekly “going out” plans of many.  

Development firm Schumacher Schwarz, LLC working with Ryan Homes kicked construction of the townhome community into high gear last year, knowing that if they built the townhomes, people and new business would come. In just a few short months the first townhome units were sold and there has been commitment made on several more.  

“By introducing rooftops to the project, we think there will be increased traffic and we’ll see new small retail investment at The Streets of West Chester.” said Larry Schumacher, president of Schumacher Dugan Construction, Inc. and an early stakeholder in the Union Centre interchange development.  

The surrounding area is now on the verge of a revitalization that will ultimately be enjoyed by the entire community thanks to the new residential development, the addition of the North Pointe office park with 1,600 GE Aviation engineers and plans to grow, and great infrastructure already in place.  

The Streets of West Chester is just two right turns off I-75 and just two miles north of the I-275 loop. Appropriate land use is already in place to allow for continued commercial growth and success, with commitments to further improve infrastructure as development demands. For more information go to 

West Chester’s Downtown is already a “destination” with unique dining and shopping options including IKEA, plenty of great activities and events on the nearby Square @ Union Centre, plenty of quality hotels for guests and great corporate neighbors such as the national headquarters for AK Steel, home base for GE Aviation’s engineering division and many more.