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What Does Pick 'n Save Have in Mind for Oakland Avenue Store?

Community Development Authority chairman says Roundy's plans to expand grocery store at some point.

There may be some changes coming to your local .

With Roundy's looking to possibly expand the grocery story at 4145 N. Oakland Ave., the company has purchased the rights to Shorewood’s sole , 4081 N. Oakland Ave., and the property at 4093 N. Oakland Ave., which use to house the Open Book bookstore.

“Roundy’s controls all of that… before they used to lease it, but now they own all of the rights to that dirt,” Community Development Authority Chairman Pete Petrie said.

Walgreens' current lease will expire in April, according to Petrie, however, there are no definite plans on the table yet on what to do with the property.

Petrie said Roundy's officials periodically check in with village officials to see what the requirements would be if the company wanted to move forward to redevelop the properties.

“Well, only they know, but the facts are that they purchased them (the property rights), but they were leased before that,” Petrie said.  “We do know that one day they want to redo the whole block and they are going to want some help from us.”

A Roundy's redevelopment is a the top of a prospective project priority list for the CDA.

“It could happen in a year or two, or it could happen in five years,” Petrie said.

A spokesman for Roundy's could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Desty Lorino February 16, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Could a "Town Center" like development thrive in Shorewood? Sounds as though there is an opportunity for a clean slate. It might mean losing older style apartments in the process but it could still provide Rental housing opportunities. Can a large scale development relieve some of the tax burden on residents for schools and services or would the "tail wag the dog" and create to much of a burden on residents. This is worth discussion.
maria cruz February 16, 2011 at 07:26 PM
So, what will happen to Walgreen's? Surely it will stay somewhere in Shorewood.
Adam W. McCoy (Editor) February 16, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Walgreens couldn't be reached for comment, either.
Aaron Rich February 17, 2011 at 01:43 PM
We were just talking about this. We've heard rumors, but this is the first concrete piece of info that we've read - thanks! Here's hoping this will move forword sooner than later; that place gets so much traffic. This site has become a daily destination for me. Keep up the good work!
Anne February 17, 2011 at 03:25 PM
The current Pick 'N Save is a joke! I live right behind it but I won't shop there because they never seem to have what I need. But I really don't want that Walgreen's to disappear.
Mary February 17, 2011 at 04:34 PM
As big as Walgreen's is I'm sure they will find another corner. I would like to here would Roundy's has to offer.
p hepburn February 18, 2011 at 06:35 AM
Walgreen's should consider the old Riversite space ~ perfectly located, heavy traffic area, parking etc. In addition it's still Shorewood, and still tax money for the Village. As to Pick N' Sav I have no love for the current store ... too me it's nothing more than a quick run in if there's absolutely nothing else in the area open. Certainly hope that Roundy's either totally upgrades the store to a Metro market, or would love to see Trader Joe's step in and take over the space. Obviously we're talking two totally different types of shopping experiences, but either would be 1000 x's better than what we have. Oh yes, finally... whoever goes into that space, if they happen to sell liquor and ask to see my ID they won't get my business. I totally understand the need to check ID's for the kids, college students, etc., but for Heavens sake, use some common sense here when it comes to dealing with adults. Please shorewoodites, lets ask for a better grocery shopping experience from Roundy's than being given a class C store. With the price of groceries being what they are, we should at least enjoy our grocery shopping experience in a lovely well outfitted grocery if nothing else.
christel henke February 19, 2011 at 02:44 PM
I like many of these suggestions. I'd like to see Roundys consider a new parking solution as this is one of the things I dislike most about shopping there. It's an accident waiting to happen. Taking an urban approach and developing underground parking lot (like the WholeFoods approach) that leads into a Metro Market would be great. And much nicer in Winter!
Dean Howell March 20, 2011 at 04:24 AM
They are building a Metro Market. It's a done deal. Plans are drawn and should be announced very soon.
Dean Howell March 20, 2011 at 04:26 AM
If Shorewood really wanted to solve the revenue challenges by the Village and the School district, a Town Center or better yet, a new "Village Square" would be the perfect solution.
Dean Howell March 20, 2011 at 04:44 AM
Shorewood will not confront their revenue challenges until it is too late. The preservationist, non-growth, collectivist axis is too strong. Haven't you seen their signs in all of the windows. The Solidarity and Che Guevara fists are everywhere. Shorewood could thrive, but why should it thrive when more people want others to sacrifice "just a little more". Shorewood could be the walkable community that is the prize of Southeast Wisconsin, but why should it be that when we could have "lower priced" luxury apartments or more aptly described as low income housing. Why should we have lower taxes when we can create TIFs and borrow money and pay interest to ourselves (Wisconsin Land Trust). If TIFs are so good, why aren't they available to everyone? In a collectivist community you would think they would want EVERYONE to be able to have a TIF.
Dean Howell March 20, 2011 at 04:56 AM
Oh, ya, the Riverside site. What ever happened to that incredible development the Village Board decided we needed as the first thing people would see as they drove into Shorewood. I can't believe we're not going to get an assisted living center. Funny, but true and sad story, Ellen Eckman once commented in a meeting at the Village Hall about the ugly apartments behind Riverside, because now that the Village owns them they are even worse as a vacant and abandoned apartment building. The apartments were full and Riverside was successful. Now, why did the Village Board think they were qualified to purchase or force to have purchased those properties? Anyway, that property is zoned adult retirement, high density housing.
Joe Peterlin March 24, 2011 at 02:47 PM
The School Tribunal has repeatedly vetoed the "Village Square" idea. Something about concern for inviting drug dealers too close to the high school was cited. I'm sure that the students find that logic pretty hilarious, as they are already able to get anything they might want in that regard.
Mumma April 02, 2011 at 01:50 PM
I personally don't care for Pick n save. It is way to high priced ~ not enough of a variety of merchandise ~ and parking STINKS! As a mother with small children in the house ~ I go out of my way and do the majority of my grocery shopping at Piggly Wiggly over on Capitol Drive by the Walmart. Piggly Wiggly offers a wider variety of products at a cheaper price and parking is never an issue.
tim wick November 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM
If anyone is paying attention out there you would know that Walgreens is going to relocate in the new Mandell development which is supposed to go in Sendik's parking lot. I don't see roundys moving to fast on building a new store. They are in debt and are for sale. They would look for a large chunk of change from the village for construction.
Desty Lorino November 19, 2011 at 11:09 PM
If Tim Wick is right they (Roundy's)might be out of luck. Shorewood has a history of only giving money to those who don't need it. If Roundy's is in trouble why take the risk?

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