MUSKEGO — The much-anticipated Sendik's Food Store will not be coming to Muskego after all, Nick Bandoch, Sendik's communications director, said Thursday.
Ener-Con Companies had been optimistic that Sendik's would be the centerpiece of its Parkland Towne Center retail and apartment development now under construction on Janesville Road between Parkland and Lannon drives.
"Unfortunately, extenuating circumstances beyond our control hampered our ability to bring the store to fruition," Bandoch wrote in a press statement. "Muskego is a wonderful community and we appreciate the hard work many people put into this project."
A 30,000-square-foot grocery store is still planned to occupy building B on the Towne Center plan at the eastern side of the project.
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"This was a unique situation that doesn't change Sendik's plans for future growth," Bandoch said. Plans will go forward with opening a Sendik's at the end of April at The Corners on Bluemound Road in Brookfield and later at Meadowbrook Road and Highway 18 in Waukesha. Sendik's notified the Muskego mayor and the city last week of its decision.
Meanwhile, Ener-Con is talking to other grocers to fill the spot, said Paulanne Phillips, director of sales.
"There are other interested users. It isn't like this is a negative, whatsoever," she said. She did not disclose information about the grocery stores Ener-Con is talking to. Neither would she say what happened in the Sendik's situation.
In reacting to Sendik's decision to not come to Muskego, Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti said, "Should anything change in the future, the city would welcome the opportunity to work with them again."
She said she is hopeful that solid development will come.
"The award-winning quality design of Janesville Road has piqued the interest of developers and businesses including Sendik’s and is certain to continue in that vane," she said.
Despite the setback of Sendik's not coming, progress continued last week on other plans for the Parkland Towne Center with the Muskego Plan Commission on April 4 approving plans for two more commercial buildings there. The commission already approved building A last year. With last week's actions, all the commercial buildings except the grocery store are set to go.
The smaller of the two buildings approved last week is a 3,500-square-foot structure that will be a Landmark Credit Union. The larger building, 10,248 square-feet, will be a retail structure, possibly with a restaurant on the western end that uses a drive-through.
Construction is expected to start on the larger retail building along Janesville Road in May, said Paulanne Phillips, Ener-Con director of sales. Either it or the retail building behind it will contain a Pizza Hut.
Construction of the Landmark Credit Union building is expected to start in June or July, Phillips said.
An apartment building, one of three slated to go up at the Parkland Towne Center, is the only building now under construction there. Families are slated to start moving into the building in July.
Four of the units were preleased. Open houses will be scheduled. Ener-Con has received several inquiries now that the building is close to being finished, Phillips said. The apartments, known as The View at Towne Center, offer two-bedroom apartments for between $1,740 per month to $2,005 per month. One-bedrooms are between $1,345 and $1,590 per month.
The second apartment building will be started when the first building is well established, she said.