A local shopping center is growing despite the odds.
Harbor Light Landing, 753 S.E. Catawba Road, was resurrected last summer after Sandusky developer Ralph Ruta bought the center and invested $1 million to completely renovate the center.
In May, the center containing 40 storefronts improved to a 25 percent occupancy rate, or 10 storefronts filled, compared to last year's 10 percent occupancy rate, or four storefronts, said Larry Freedman, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Lake Shore Realty.
"In today's market, I feel pretty good about it," Freedman said. "People aren't jumping out to open new businesses. We're happy with the progression."