ALTOONA, Wis. (CITY OF ALTOONA NEWS RELEASE) -- ALTOONA, Wis (WEAU)--Altoona has reached a tentative agreement with Woodman's Food Market out of Janesville to build in the south west corner of the River Prairie Development. City leaders say this means big business for the city.
“Altoona's been waiting a long time to get a foot hold on River Prairie and I don't think we could imagine a better partner than Woodman's, a local Wisconsin company,” Altoona City Administrator Mike Golat said.
Golat said Woodman's, an employee owned and operated company, is expected to break ground on a 240,000 square feet grocery store next spring.
"There will be a gas station and a quick lube with Woodman’s and I think other pad sites will develop quickly,” Golat said.
Golat said Altoona has been lucky to see strong growth in residential and medical companies in the area over the past few years but the city needs a large retail store to help bring shoppers to the Altoona.
“We are really looking for that big traffic generator in the retail sector to drive development on the west side of HWY 53,” Golat said.
Golat says Woodman's will likely draw in more than 30,000 people to shop in Altoona a week making the area a hot spot.
"We want to have a canoe and kayak landing, a space for concerts and performances and I think this will draw some interest,” said Golat.
Altoona, City Council President Ray Henning says woodman’s is just the start of more development in the area.
“We are very excited we've waited a long time to get this project going,” Henning said.
Golat said permits still have to be approved for Woodman’s but he doesn’t anticipate any problems.
He added when the store is operational it’s expected to bring 200 new jobs to the area.
ALTOONA, Wis. (CITY OF ALTOONA NEWS RELEASE) --
Last week, City of Altoona officials were notified that Access Commercial Real Estate, owners of 40 acres in the southwest quadrant of River Prairie, reached a tentative agreement with Woodman’s Food Market, Inc. for purchasing and developing the entire 40 acre parcel.
Woodman’s is an employee owned and operated company and one of a handful of surviving independent food retailers in the state of Wisconsin. Woodman’s started out as a corner grocery store in Janesville in 1918, and Woodman’s currently owns and operates fifteen food merchandising centers throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.
“Woodman’s represents one of the final pieces of the River Prairie development puzzle,” commented Altoona Mayor Jack Blackburn. “Woodman’s will be a great retail anchor, generating approximately 30,000 (or more) visits per week that will further drive development in the northwest quadrant toward realizing the community’s vision of a vibrant mixed use development.”
Pending receipt of all necessary approvals, Woodman’s is proposing to construct an approximately 240,000 square foot food store that will include approximately 150,000 square feet of retail space and 90,000 square feet of warehousing space. Woodman’s will employ approximately 200 workers at this location.
Woodman’s plans to base its River Prairie store architecture on its recently completed Sun Prairie store. “It is clear that Woodman’s put a lot of effort into building a beautiful store that resulted in a facility that is aesthetically pleasing inside and out,” commented Council President
Ray Henning after a recent trip to the store. “I believe it will provide a great centerpiece for the retail portion of the River Prairie Development.”
In addition to the “every-day low pricing” that Woodman’s will offer on the 65,000 – 70,000 items in its grocery store, they also will offer an extensive liquor inventory and are proposing to construct and operate a gas station that will include a small convenience store, quick-lube services and a car wash center on the River Prairie site.