I talked about Anchor Associates' partner clients when we announced Dick's Sporting Goods had inked their deal in April. Looking over those possibilities, I'd say the three retailers that make the most sense for the development are:
It's possible a niche, organic-type grocery store would be interesting here, just not sure it would mesh well with the two anchor stores, Kroger and Target. Anchor Associates has Trader Joe's and Red Plum in their stable of retailers.
In regards to Office Depot, the closest office supply stores to the Newport location would be the two different Staples locations in Over the Rhine and Cold Spring. Office Depot would work well here. The possible clothing outlets would provide some diversity as well.
Switching gears from what could be, to what will be, I took another self-guided tour of Michael's a la my trip to Target in March of 2011. Of the three stores around it (Ulta and Famous Footwear) it was the most bare on the inside.
The square footage of Michael's will lend itself to the likes of Hancock's Fabrics at the Newport Shopping Center.
With Famous Footwear making the move a half-mile down the road, and Michael's in direct competition with Hancock's, you have to wonder about the near future of the Newport Shopping Center.