East Washington..... anything coming?

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby narcoleptish » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:22 am

Jeff Maurer, owner of Fresh Madison Market, said he wants to make sure a local grocery store opens in the development rather than a national chain.
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Says the guy who's working with an out-of-town developer.

Local is obviously nice but finding a local 50K sq ft grocery store, which is what the city wants, isn't like finding a local restaurant or coffee shop. Should positive development be stymied for lack of a local alternative? The uber-PC Monroe st. neighborhood hasn't shunned the Aldi-owned Trader Joe's.

Nobody seems to care that Google is moving into the 700 block. Talk about a non-local, possibly less-than-well-meaning company..

Let's see, I've got a couple hyphens I haven't used.

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby Bwis53 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:20 pm

Metcalfe's is one of my favorite stores. They started out with a very attractive plan.

“After months of work and negotiation, Gebhardt Development and Metcalfe's Market were unable to come to terms to move forward on the 800 Block East Washington project together and have amicably parted ways,” said the statement signed by Otto Gebhardt, Tim Metcalfe and Kevin Metcalfe.

From the madison.com article.

It seemed like everyone was so thrilled at the start. I just wonder what they couldn't agree on.

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby narcoleptish » Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:18 pm

Bwis, without trying to sound like a know-it-all (again with the hyphens?) I know some people who know some people blah blah blah and the truth is the Metcalfes just couldn't finance a new store at this time. There was no "disagreement" between developer and grocer, that was simply media spin so people could save face. You shouldn't think badly of either party in this, it just wasn't in the cards at this time.

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby Bwis53 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:13 pm

So why did Metcalfe's make the offer in the first place?

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby narcoleptish » Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:40 pm

I would assume that they thought they could make it work. An opportunity with a proven developer in a promising location... they had to at least try. Can't blame them for that. The West Towne store was probably a bad move that they would take back if they could.

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby metas » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:03 pm

Gebhardt Development and Skogen’s Festival Foods are very excited to announce the newest Festival Foods location on the 800N block of East Washington Avenue in Madison.

A family and employee owned, full service grocery store will be the perfect addition to the neighborhood and the next step towards fulfilling the potential of the Capitol East District.

Otto Gebhardt III, owner of Gebhardt Development, states, "We needed the right type of store and operator for the site and had very high expectations. Skogen's Festival Foods impressed us immensely on all fronts. We are looking forward to a successful relationship and would like to give them a big welcome to our great city."

Ledell Zellers, Alder for the area, shared her enthusiasm for moving forward on the 800 block project with Festival Foods as the grocer partner. “Neighborhood residents and I are thrilled to have a 54,000 square foot full service grocery and look forward to learning more details as they unfold.”

With 18 locations currently in the state of Wisconsin, the Skogen family is eager to bring their reputation for clean stores, friendly people, quality products and an enjoyable shopping experience to the City of Madison. More information about Skogen’s Festival Foods can be found at http://www.FestFoods.com.

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby rabble » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:42 pm

metas wrote:With 18 locations currently in the state of Wisconsin, the Skogen family is eager to bring their reputation for clean stores, friendly people, quality products and an enjoyable shopping experience to the City of Madison. More information about Skogen’s Festival Foods can be found at http://www.FestFoods.com.

And several more locations in Minnesota.

Welcome this far south, Fest foods!

Hope your employee/employer relationship is a happy one.

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:57 am

Another large project on East Wash may soon come to fruition.

Scaled-down 'Archipelago Village' gets Plan Commission nod for East Washington

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby Bwis53 » Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:20 pm

Latest version of Archipelago Village proposed
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 714d9.html

Looks like we're going to keep on getting dense as Mayor Dave used to prescribe.

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby FJD » Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:35 pm

Bwis53 wrote:Latest version of Archipelago Village proposed
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 714d9.html

Looks like we're going to keep on getting dense as Mayor Dave used to prescribe.


The first phase of the project includes a mixed-use production winery


exactly how many uses are there for a production winery?

Come to think of it, don't wineries generally require vineyards?

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby rabble » Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:19 pm

Francis Di Domizio wrote:Come to think of it, don't wineries generally require vineyards?

Believe it or not, there's more than one vineyard within twenty miles that doesn't have its own winery. Old Sugar uses one of them for their brandy. In fact I think they've used two local vineyards.

So it's possible. One would hope they'd keep careful track of which grapes they used in what.

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Festival Foods to open on East Washington Avenue

Postby Bwis53 » Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:15 pm

Festival Foods to open on East Washington Avenue

http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/fe ... 5682c.html

So Ducatista, will you switch from Metcalfe's to Festival?

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby willystresident » Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:57 pm

I'm so excited for this. Being able to walk a couple blocks to a full service grocery store will be so amazing. This will really be the turning point for the development of that part of the Isthmus. Now we just need to reverse those stupid one-way streets....

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Re: East Washington..... anything coming?

Postby jman111 » Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:59 pm

willystresident wrote:Now we just need to reverse those stupid one-way streets....

So they're one-way the other direction?

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Re: Festival Foods to open on East Washington Avenue

Postby Ducatista » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:20 pm

Bwis53 wrote:Festival Foods to open on East Washington Avenue

http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/fe ... 5682c.html

So Ducatista, will you switch from Metcalfe's to Festival?

I'll get back to you after April 8! I love the idea of walking to a legit grocery store. Cap Ctre has gotten much, much better over the years, but it's still mostly a ran-out-of-milk stopgap for us.

I have high hopes for Festival. I was a little alarmed at the lighting, but in their current blog post it looks like they have lighting tracks hanging below the Communist bloc fluorescents, so maybe the ugly stuff is just construction lighting.

willystresident wrote:This will really be the turning point for the development of that part of the Isthmus.

That point has already turned—but this certainly won't hurt.


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