Thursday, January 22, 2009

Woodman's to Delay Sun Prairie Store Until 2011 or 2012 (

Clint Woodman, vice president of the 12-store discount food chain, said he envisions a 225,000-square-foot Woodman's at the corner of highways C and 151 within the next five years, possibly by late 2011 or 2012, instead of by next year. The proposed Sun Prairie store would include a grocery store, and liquor and photo departments, a 2,000-square-foot convenience store with 10 gas pumps, an oil and lube center and a car wash. Woodman's submitted plans to the city of Sun Prairie in January 2008 and received City Council approval a month later.

Woodman's has consistently told the City that they prefer to focus on building one store at a time, and that a more immediate opportunity in Menomonee Falls will be built before the Sun Prairie store.

And while Woodman's is chipping away at market share in Milwaukee, the delay in Sun Prairie could allow Roundy's to get better traction in the Sun Prairie market, said David Livingston, a former Roundy's executive who now operates a grocery consulting business. Roundy's opened a Copps grocery at the corner of Highway C and Highway 19 in 2007 and has plans to build a second store on Sun Prairie's east side. The Roundy's-owned Pick 'n Save store would close once the second Copps store opens, officials have said. In addition, A Target store is scheduled to open in this area this March.

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