Just wondering if there was any thought of locating a store in Sun Prairie. I realize there is still likely a large amount of debt from the Middleton opening, but I think with the distance to the original Willy St and the size and demographics of SP, it would be a good fit. Perhaps an idea for a few years down the road?
I see there are two threads on the site, one for expansion to Verona/Fitchburg, and one for Sun Prairie. I urge caution with suburban expansion. That was the death of the Consumer's Cooperative of Berkeley. The coop was strong for about 40 years, then rapidly expanded into suburban areas without the membership base there to support the expansion. At 50 years, the coop was gone.
Thanks, Steve. I will pass on this comment to our General Manager for the board's consideration.
I originaly posted since we, ourselves, moved to Sun Prairie recently. I still get back to Middleton with some frequency, but I think with the closing of Sentry, there is an opportunity here. The old building is actually for sale ($1.5million - see link below). This might seem like a lot but I think current renovations on the original Willy Street building are similar in price. Yes, there would be some modifications needed, but unlike the Middleton location (which was a Walgreens prior) this site is set up to be a grocery store - with LOTS of space both inside (almost 50,000 sqf) for store/demo area and outside for parking. Else there is the old Pamida store next door which has been vacant for some time. Could this be brought up at a board meeting and results posted or emailed back to those of us who are interested?
Thanks for your suggestion. I have forwarded your comment to our General Manager. Management is in the process of reviewing site options; comparing available real estate options with market study reporting to determine the most optimal sites for another retail. A recommendation will be presented to the Board for review and consideration when we have a site that meets third retail criteria.
I went through the password reset process to recover my account just to post on this thread. We're looking to move from Middleton to SP and the thought of losing Willy's is rough. SP has all that we use in Middleton except for a Willy's. We would love to remain members, and if there was a Willy's in SP we certainly would.
Thank you all for your interest and input! We have forwarded your suggestions to our General Manager to keep in consideration.
A Willy Street in Sun Prairie would rock! A great location would be the empty Sentry building or the one next to it. Already has a big parking lot!
I totally agree and was about to post the same suggestion had I not seen this :-)