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In the NEWS!

Manitowoc December 2013

KFC to Open New Restaurant at Vistor's Information Center Outlot in Manitowoc across from Festival Foods and Harbortown Center. Developed/ Owned by Commercial Horizons, Inc.


Manitowoc November 2013

Buffalo Wild Wings Opens at Manitowoc’s Harbortown Center!

Developed/ Owned by Commercial Horizons, Inc.


Appleton October 2013

Sears Outlet Center Opens in former Circuit City Building along W. College Ave. Developed/ Owned by Commercial Horizons, Inc.


Appleton April 2012

Buffalo Wild Wings relocates from Casaloma Drive to W. College Ave. Developed/ Owned by Commercial Horizons, Inc.


Appleton, WI Dec. 6, 2012

The Buzz: Massage Envy opens

National chain has nearly 800 franchise locations

Dec. 6, 2012

Maureen Wallenfang

Post-Crescent staff writer


Massage Envy opened Tuesday on Appleton’s east side at 3201 E. Calumet St., next door to Buffalo Wild Wings. It’s a franchise of the Scottsdale, AZ-based massage business that has nearly 800 locations in 45 states.

This branch is owned by Madison residents Jeff and Tami Bosco. They’ll open another Massage Envy in Green Bay and a second Appleton location by 2014.

Even without much fanfare on its first day, the spa booked 20 appointments, said manager Hannah Klinger. She heads the staff of nine massage therapists, four aestheticians and four front desk employees.

The chain is known for affordability and long hours.

First-time customers are charged $39 for a massage or $49 for a facial. Return customers can become members to get lower monthly massage prices , or book individual services as nonmembers at a higher rate.

On weekdays it’s open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The facility takes both appointments and walk-ins.





Appleton, WI Sept, 2012

Agropur office lease completed at 3500 E. Destination Drive!

Commercial Horizons has leased 10,000 sf of Class A office space to Agropur along Hwy 441.


Manitowoc, WI June 09, 2012

Powers Tire & Auto purchases lot in Harbor Town Development!

Commercial Horizons sold three parcels in Manitowoc's Harbor Town Development!



Manitowoc, WI June 03, 2012

Holy Family Memorial purchases lot in Harbor Town Development!

Commercial Horizons sold an outlot in Manitowoc's Harbor Town Development!



Manitowoc, WI May 25, 2012

Panda Express purchases outlot in Harbor Town Development!

Commercial Horizons sold an outlot in Manitowoc's Harbor Town Development! we welcome Panda Express to the retail lineup!


Appleton, WI May 15, 2012

AE Jeweler's purchases lot for new east Appleton Location!

Commercial Horizons recently sold a retail outlot in the Walmart development next to Chase Bank and Culvers along Hwy KK/ east Calumet St in Appleton, WI




Appleton, WI May 3, 2012

Naturally Balanced Body brings personal fitness to Kensington Drive!

Commercial Horizons is exicted to welcome naturally Balanced Body and owner Alicia Doerr to our tenant lineup at 2400 S. Kensington Drive next to Nicolet National Bank and Red & White in East Appleton



Appleton, WI May 3, 2012

Jensen Family Chiropractic signs Lease!

Commercial Horizons is exicted to welcome Jensen Chiropractic and owner Dr. Ross Jensen to our tenant lineup at 3525 E. Calumet St in Appleton


Appleton, WI March 30, 2012

Cherry Berry is making their soft serve yorgurt fun!

Commercial Horizons is exicted to welcome Cherry Berry and owner Jason Madsen to our tenant lineup at 3525 E. Calumet St in Appleton.



Appleton, WI October 20, 2011

Stevi B's is serving up pizza on Appleton's eastside!

Commercial Horizons is exicted to welcome Stevi B's Pizza Buffet and owner Jason Buchinger to our tenant lineup at 3525 E. Calumet St in Appleton. 




Green Bay (Downtown) June 2011

Commercial Horizons, Inc. & Smet Construction team up to "ReFuel" former Train Station!

Commercial Horizons and Smet team up to create a unique 8,000 sf office environment with the vision of the Craig Dickman and Doug Mueller of Breakthrough Fuel.




Commercial Horizons, Inc. Opens Rasmussen College in August 1, 2010 Appleton, WI


3500 E. Destination Drive Suite 100   Appleton, Wisconsin (920) 750-5900
Situated north of Lake Winnebago, our Appleton, Wisconsin college campus is a welcome option for Wisconsin residents wanting to achieve their higher education goals. Rasmussen College's Appleton campus student body consists of all types of students, including working professionals, recent high school graduates, and transfer students from other colleges. Our Appleton college campus offers online, day, and evening courses which provide students with the flexibility they need to develop a class schedule that accommodates their busy lives.



West-side retail growth continues


August 2010

Haircuts, beds, cell phones coming to strip mall next to Festival Foods

By: Charlie Mathews, Herald Times Reporter

MANITOWOC — Jerry Mallmann says prospective bedding customers are "anybody that needs to sleep at night."

Kent Johansen believes luck has been an important part of the success of his cell phone business, while Becky Mian instructs her staff to quickly greet patrons coming in for haircuts.

Despite a struggling economy, they are the three latest entrepreneurs who are opening retail operations in Manitowoc — specifically, in a 6,700-square-foot strip mall at 3955 Dewey St., adjoining Festival Foods.

"It blows me away the level of interest in that retail pocket," said Mike Maedke, leasing agent for Commercial Horizons, said of the city's west side.

His company is the primary developer of Harbor Town, which includes a couple dozen stores including Lowe's and Kohl's, as well as Holy Family Memorial's Harbor Town Campus.

Mallmann, Mian and Johansen all mentioned their proximity to Wal-Mart, Harbor Town and high vehicular traffic counts as part of the appeal to establish new businesses.

Hamann Construction is the general contractor, with completion set for late summer.

The Bedding Express will be a division of Mallmann's Chilton Furniture and feature Sealy products.

"We have a strong following in the Manitowoc area and we know there's room for growth in that area for us," Mallmann said. "That area of Manitowoc and Harbor Town is continuing to explode so we believe this is a prime opportunity for us."

Decade of growth

Johansen's Pro Cellular Wireless Verizon premium retail store will be his 67th outlet in five states, including his home state of Minnesota, as well as Iowa, South Dakota and Louisiana.

Johansen concentrates on building stores in rural areas where he said Verizon's strong signal is an advantage in attracting customers.

"There's blind luck and dumb luck and then there's 'Get up every morning at 5:30 a.m., work until dark and sweat the details' kind of luck," Johansen declares on his company's website.

Rival AT&T's network features a partnership with Apple's popular iPhone, but Johansen is unfazed.

"We have some wonderful iPhone killers coming out like the Motorola Droid X on July 15," Johansen said. "That will be a huge impact on our back-to-school business in Manitowoc."

Fantastic Sams can be found in 1,300 locations across the country, including West Bend, where Mian and her physician husband opened their first full-service hair care franchise salon.

"We will be looking for a manager and nine or 10 stylists," Mian said of their second Fantastic Sams, set to open with seven stations.

Employees are expected to greet customers within their first three steps into the salon. If a stylist isn't immediately available, clients will sit in a "nice lounge waiting area with TV."

Haircuts are $15.95 for men and women and $11.95 for children. Stylists also will do hair coloring, extensions, permanents, straightening and updos.

"We love Manitowoc and are excited about the location," Mian said.

City Planner David Less said the new strip mall would not have been developed without the adjoining Festival Foods, which was built after Harbor Town was established.

"There is a synergism that has been built off the investments related to Harbor Town," David Less, noting its $60 million worth of development in the past six years.

"Harbor Town is far ahead of where we had projected it to be," Less said.

Maedke said additional land at Harbor Town is waiting for a stronger economy and tenants looking to establish a foothold in the Lakeshore area.

There are outlots in front of the section that includes Kohl's, Lowe's and MCSports, as well as land behind those stores on Dewey Street.




Herald Times Reporter • November 19, 2009

Aldi to open new Manitowoc grocery store in summer 2010


MANITOWOC — A new Aldi grocery store is scheduled to open on Harbor Town Lane in summer 2010, Commercial Horizons partner Curt Mauer said Thursday.

Commercial Horizons is the owner-developer of Harbor Town Center including Lowe's, Kohl's and more than a dozen other businesses.Aldi has stores in the U.S. and more than a dozen European countries. Mauer said Aldi will close its current business on Calumet Avenue in Shopko Plaza after the new store opens.

City Planner David Less said it would be a 17,000-square-foot store, located between Charcoal Grill and Aspen Dental Clinic, on the city's west side.


 The Post-Crescent  October 01, 2009

Copps Food Center may break ground soon at Appleton's Valley Fair mall site


APPLETON -- Groundbreaking for a Copps Food Center on the former Valley Fair property is expected no later than mid-November under a tight timeline being proposed by developers.

But the $10 million project could fall by the wayside if the city doesn't agree to help developers to the tune of nearly $2 million.

The Common Council on Oct. 7 considers whether to approve a development agreement with Valley Fair Too LLC that returns $1.8 million in new property taxes generated by the project to offset developer costs.

Developer Paul Klister told members of the Community Development Committee on Tuesday that Roundy's Supermarkets wants to open a new 70,000-square-foot store, which would replace an existing store on E. Calumet Street, in 2010.

"That means we would have to break ground within 30 to 45 days," Klister said.

Roundy's Supermarkets' executives said last week they are looking to relocate the Copps store at 1919 E. Calumet St. to the Valley Fair site on Memorial Drive.

The development committee voted 3-1 to recommend council approval of the Roundy's agreement. The agreement is a revision of a 2008 plan covering the entire Valley Fair site, which was formerly mall and collection of retail stores. The initial agreement committed the city to reimburse developers up to $2 million if improvements to the property totaled at least $10 million.

Committee member Ald. Jeff Jirschele cast the no vote, saying he was concerned with the lack of documentation that Roundy's could actually build and successfully operate a store if the city committed to help fund the developer's costs.

"We have nothing but a picture (of the store)," Jirschele said, noting at least five other grocery stores have opened and failed in the same area over the past two decades.

Committee member Ald. Jim Clemons said Klister has a track record of successful developments in Appleton.

"Either we catch this store here or it will go somewhere else," Clemons said.

Klister said Valley Fair Too has an executed lease agreement with Roundy's, but one provision requires the city to participate with financial assistance.

The agreement notes the developers already spent $3.9 million in eligible project costs for the entire Valley Fair site and earned a $1.4 million payment from the city.

The revised agreement, totaling $40 million and $4 million in city expenses, takes into account development of both the Copps store and the remainder of the Valley Fair property.

The Valley Fair property is located in a tax incremental financing district, which generally uses property taxes generated by projects in the district to pay for city costs, such as streets and sewers installation.

The agreement with Valley Fair Too is a developer-funded agreement in which property taxes paid by the developer are reimbursed to help cover developer expenses as the project advances and property values increase.

The city has a similar agreement in place for the RiverHeath commercial and residential project planned for the east side of the Fox River beneath the College Avenue bridge.

The latest Valley Fair agreement commits the city to spending $2 million related to the Copps project, but $200,000 of that would apply to other areas of the TIF district unrelated to the Copps store.

Klister said the Roundy's plan "is an absolute home run hit for that site."

"Marketing retail for that site has been virtually impossible," Klister said. "We need a catalyst, something to get the Valley Fair site going."

March 10, 2008 3 MINUTES 1 WITH The Manitowoc, WI Mayor

Finances, Festival Foods and St. Pats Parade


MANITOWOC — We know that the rest of the world is suddenly discovering Manitowoc, WI USA. We believe that the groundwork laid over the years in "branding" our city -- doing plenty of regional advertising on just how good it is here, making sure our development systems are simple, direct and speedy, aiding existing business expansions and drawing new

entrants into our marketplace, and providing excellent customer service -- has been an asset in developing this outcome. We also know that a lot of our success is due to the creation of effective partnerships.


Manitowoc and Two Rivers working together as the "Port Cities"; the

Manitowoc Area Visitor and Convention Bureau now marketing both of our communities and many county-wide businesses as well; and the relationship Two Rivers, Manitowoc and Manitowoc County now have with the Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County highlight some of these partnerships.


Other partnerships exist with private entities. One of the strongest and most productive of our private/public partnerships is with Commercial Horizons Development of Green Bay, WI, the developers of Harbor Town. Working closely with the Commercial Horizons team, city staff members like our Planner David Less, Engineer Val Mellon, Director of Building Inspection Jim Muenzenmeyer, Deputy Planner Paul Braun, City Attorney Jim Wyss and other members of the departments have helped to develop project after project in our Harbor Town retail park.We've seen the Charcoal Grill, Arby's, Lowes, PETCO, Holy Family Memorial,Cold Stone Creamery, Starbucks, Shoreline Credit Union and much more build there in the few short years since Harbor Town opened for business. Once the new KOHLS store is complete, we'll have seen about $30 million dollars in new retail and related businesses constructed, providing a huge new tax base and hundreds of jobs. This close working relationship with Commercial Horizons is now bringing Festival Foods to Manitowoc. Mark Skogen of Festival indicated that the sudden eruption of new businesses over the past few years, both downtown and on our city's west side, is part of the reason for his corporation choosing Manitowoc for a new 70,000 square foot store. The store will be located on a parcel of land provided to the Commercial Horizons group by the Faith Free Church Congregation. Both Festival and KOHLS will spin off the need for a total of about 400 new employees and both stores are on the same timeline of wanting to open their doors in October.


The City of Manitowoc, in cooperation with Manitowoc County, will take advantage of Festival Foods coming to town to rebuild the irritating and dangerous intersection of Dewey Street and County Highway CR. We will also partner with Wal-Mart and Aurora Medical to create a safer and more sensible entrance to the Wal-Mart campus of retail buildings. Festival Foods marketing mascot, a huge, dragster-like, motorized shopping cart will be one of the many incredible features in this Friday's St. Patrick's Day parade. Thisdowntown parade begins at 7pm and heads right up 8th Street. Fireworks over the river east of the 8th Street Bridge will follow the parade at 8pm.

---Manitowoc Mayor Kevin Crawford


Posted May 2, 2007

Kohl's to open Manitowoc store

By Kevin Braley, Herald Times Reporter


MANITOWOC —The developers of Harbor Town Center say they expert great things from the newest soft goods retail giant that plans to open its doors next year.

Mayor Kevin Crawford on Monday announced that Mennomonee Falls based Kohl's will open a 68,000 square foot store just west of Lowe's on the city's southwest side. Crawford revealed Kohl's intentions at tech Common Council meeting.

The store is scheduled to open in October 2008.

"We're truly excited to bring a new retailer with a new product line to Manitowoc," Crawford said. "We've been trying for a long time to get Kohl's interested in our community."

Kohl's whose motto is "Expect Great Things," has been long sought by city officials and Harbor Town developers. In early 2006, Kohl's was close to coming to Manitowoc, but the deal fell through at the last minute, according to Curt Mauer of Commercial Horizons, the company developing Harbor Town. In November 2006, Harbor Town told the city Kohl's was not interested in building in Manitowoc.

"We've done everything we could to get Kohl's," Mauer said. "It was always our hope that Kohl's would come around."  Mauer said Commercial Horizons has had "constant contact wi ht Kohl's" since Harbor Town's inception in 2003.  "It's taken us three or four years to get to this point and as developers, we're ecstatic to have Kohl's coming here," Mauer said. "(Kohl's) is an extremely strong retailer. It's a Wisconsin retailer and because of that, they have a close following." Mauer said he doesn't know how many jobs Kohl's will provide. On Monday, the Common Council approved a plant that would provide up to $2 million in infrastructure for the project through a tax increment financing district. The city will borrow for the funds.

In a TIF district, some money collected from property taxes from property owners in the district pay off the loan, instead of being given to tax collecting groups like the state and school district.

Mauer said he doesn't know why Kohl's finally agreed to the terms with Harbor Town, but hopes the store will help attract other businesses to Manitowoc. "Adding Kohl's is a huge benefit to us," Mauer said. "The addition will do nothing but increase the development."  Mauer said he hopes other retailers that might not have considered Manitowoc will now consider Harbor Town because of Kohl's plans.

"The addition of Kohl's to the mix will make the other out lots in Harbor Town more exciting and attractive," Crawford said. A 24,000 square foot plot is open to the west of where Kohl's will be constructed. Mauer said that the space would be a good fit for a mid-box store -- like Best Buy, Old Navy, or Bed Bath 'n Beyond. Mauer said there are no negotiations with a mid-box store at this time.

Mauer said there are about nine lots available along Calumet and near the intersection of Dewey Street and Rapids Road. There are four other parcels behind Lowe's, Kohl's, and Petco.

Groundbreaking for the Kohl's store at Harbor Town could be within the next month, Mauer said.

Kohl's has 834 stores in 46 states. The nearest Kohl's store is in Sheboygan.


Posted October 23, 2006

Lowe's expands reach to Fox Cities

Home improvement store will open on Tuesday in Buchanan

By Maureen Wallenfang

Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers


BUCHANAN — Add Lowe's to the list of home improvement stores in northeast Wisconsin.


The national home improvement chain will open its newest store Tuesday just outside of Appleton.

The $18.5 million store is just east of the Wisconsin 441/College Avenue interchange. It's attached to the $6 million Festival Foods store that will open Nov. 8, making this small town one of the Fox Cities retail growth hotbeds for 2006.

Lowe's hired 129 people, the majority full time.

At 117,000 square feet, plus a 31,000-square-foot garden center, it will compete for customers' wallets with Menard's, on the other side of the highway, and Home Depot, a mile and a half away.

A fairly constant stream of cars and trucks drove past the front of Lowe's entrance Friday afternoon, slowing down just enough to see that the store wasn't quite open.

"I've seen the ads and I'm curious," said Cathy Van De Ven of De Pere who'd never been in a Lowe's. "I'm wallpapering my bathroom and I wanted to see what they had that was different from Menard's. I'll come back."

Roger Doleman, an Appleton-based truck driver originally from North Carolina — Lowe's home state — stopped by for an application for part-time employment.

"Lowe's is a lot like Home Depot, but in several cases I've found it has a larger selection," he said. "In a lot of places, you have to order ceramic tiles. Lowe's had them on hand."

He said he's noticed how much local people like to comparison shop, so he thinks the competitors won't suffer if they keep up with good prices and quality.  "I'll still shop all three places," he said. Overall, he said he liked Lowe's prices and return policies.  Inside, the warehouse-style Lowe's store has traditional departments like lumber, lawn and garden, building supplies and plumbing.  Some of its other amenities and departments are clearly meant to appeal to women and Hispanic customers, with bilingual signs, a decor department and name-brand appliances.  "We're covering as many people as possible," said store manager Jim Kieffer.  "Our fashion plumbing area changes as much as stores that sell clothing," he said. "The whole home improvement business is about style and fashion for the home. You have to keep up on an almost daily basis," Kieffer said. "Marketing is geared to the female customer, which makes sense because 80 percent of the buying decisions are made by women. They watch HGTV and come in asking for specific things. We have to keep up to date."  Kieffer said the draw of the store could be from Green Bay through Oshkosh. Including this store and another coming to Brown Deer, there will be a total of nine Lowe's stores in Wisconsin this year. The closest ones were previously in Manitowoc and Plover.

Lowe's in Manitowoc is about a year old, but has drawn shoppers from the Fox Cities.

"I talk to 20 to 30 people a week from the Appleton area who are shopping in our store," said Manitowoc store manager Tom Cole. He figured people were curious after seeing ads on TV, which have a voiceover by actor Gene Hackman.  In distinguishing itself from the competition, Cole pointed out three areas where he felt his store excelled — in overall service, appearance and installation services.

"We like to think our customer service is better. When you walk into our stores, you'll notice wide, clean aisles. We install over 40 different product groups, from roofing to plumbing fixtures," Cole said.

In Buchanan, Kieffer plans to keep the same strengths going.

"You could buy a two-by-four anywhere. Genuinely friendly people are going to make our store," Kieffer said. "We're a very customer-focused company. It's getting them what they need and making sure they go home satisfied."


Posted July 6, 2006

PETCO to build local store

Herald Times Reporter


MANITOWOC - San Diego, Calif.-based PETCO will break ground in August on a pet food and supplies store at Harbor Town Center. It is expected to open in January 2007.

Manitowoc Mayor Kevin Crawford shared information from Jeff Weyers, of commercial developer Dewey Properties, Inc., at Wednesday night's common council meeting.


The store, on Harbor Town Lane on the city's west side, will be approximately 17,000 square feet, and employ about 25 full- or part-time workers. The store will be part of a new 27,000-square-foot strip mall, adjoining the strip mall that includes Cold Stone Creamery, PayDay, Game Stop, Cost Cutters, Cellcom, Fox World Travel, and Associated Bank.


PETCO has two stores in Green Bay, as well as, one each in Appleton and Oshkosh. It operates more than 800 stores in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Services offered at many of the stores include grooming, dog washing, pet photography, and veterinary services.


Posted July 2, 2006

Builders break ground on Best Buy in Kohler

By Troy Laack

Sheboygan Press staff

KOHLER - John Weber of Sheboygan is excited that a $3 million, 30,000-square-foot Best Buy store will open in January to anchor a planned shopping center just south of Deer Trace Plaza in Kohler.

"I think it would be a great improvement to the area," said Weber, 44. "That store would go over terrific. Stereo equipment, televisions, cameras and stuff like that. I like all those things."

Minneapolis-based Best Buy will hire about 100 employees for the new store, said Justin Barber, company spokesman.

Commercial Horizons, the Green Bay and Appleton-based developer, also plans to build a $4 million to $4.5 million, 50,000-square-foot building next to Best Buy for other retail shops and a restaurant, said Jeff Weyers, president of Commercial Horizons. The shopping center hasn't been named, he said.

"It's not uncommon for retail like that to not name it at all," Weyers said.

Best Buy and the other building will make up a shopping center on 11 acres on county Highway A near the southwest corner of Interstate 43 and state Highway 28. Kohler Co. sold the land to Commercial Horizons and it was annexed from the Town of Wilson into the Village of Kohler on May 15.

On the east side of I-43, directly across from new shopping center and Deer Trace, is the future site of a 212,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter, slated to open in the early fall.

Best Buy chose the location because of the commercial development in that area, Barber said.

"In choosing location, it comes down to the convenience of the customer," Barber said. "We want it to be in an area where traffic flows smoothly."

Jim Pankow Inc. of Plymouth began construction on the Best Buy store June 7 and it's expected to be completed by Dec. 1 with a store opening in January, said Jim Pankow, owner of the general contractor firm.  "It's a nice job for us," Pankow said. "It's a local job for a development company that does a lot of this kind of work."  No tenants have committed to the second building so far, but Weyers thinks that will change as the Best Buy building goes up.  "Once you start showing activity and they start seeing a building erected, it tends to generate excitement," Weyers said. "People believe it's real and that's when the strongest leasing opportunities tend to arise." Construction won't start on the second building until an anchor store or restaurant agrees to lease space there, Weyers said. "With (Best Buy) just under way now and with leasing for the second phase being in its infancy yet, I would imagine construction for that phase two would not start until … 2007," Weyers said. Among the items Best Buy sells are high-definition flat-panel televisions, computers, computer software, video and digital camera equipment, video games, DVD and MP3 players, toys, appliances, telephones, office equipment and furniture.

It's something that John Witkauskas of Sheboygan is happy to see come here as well.  "It'll bring additional materials to the city that we don't have — more DVDs, more music," Witkauskas said. "They have very good prices. I think it's good. I've shopped online with Best Buy."

Best Buy has 758 stores in the United States, Barber said. Pankow thinks Best Buy is going to be popular. "It sounds like it's filling a need for the area," Pankow said.


Posted June 22, 2006

Giltedge Building will get new name


GRAND CHUTE — The Giltedge Building at 4321 W. College Ave. will be renamed today or Friday after its newest large tenant. The new name, The Berbee Building, refers to Berbee, a company that secured naming rights by leasing a floor of the landmark gold-colored building west of U.S. 41.

Berbee has grown from 35 to 70 employees in the last two years and is a technology provider for businesses based in Madison. The 35-year-old building is owned and managed by Commercial Horizons.



Posted June 9, 2006

Valley Fair redevelopment plan announced

Good portion of the building to come tumbling down in July

By Maureen Wallenfang

Post-Crescent staff writer


APPLETON — Developers unveiled Valley Fair's new mixed-use office/retail site plan today, breathing life back into a 26-acre site that has declined over the last 20 years.

The new design requires demolition of a significant portion of the 52-year-old building at 2145 S. Memorial Drive, which was the country's first enclosed mall. It will be replaced by multiple buildings, rather than one large structure.


The new site plan flips the existing layout, putting individual new buildings close to Memorial Drive and Calumet Street and setting parking behind them.


Demolition could begin in July or August, said Terry Bomier, principal broker of Bomier Properties who will head up marketing for the property. New construction could then begin in late summer or early fall.


Bomier is also one of the site's developers and owners, together with two of the Fox Cities' other prominent development groups, Rollie Winter & Assoc. and Commercial Horizons.


The three firms form VF Partners and together purchased Valley Fair from YouthFutures for $2.3 million Feb. 1.


"I think it will be between $7 million and $10 million to get it where we want it to be," Bomier said.


That includes the renovation of the 110,000-square-foot former Kohl's department store and former Kohl's food store, which will remain on the eastern side of the property and be incorporated into the redevelopment plan.


"We're leaving Kohl's grocery and the department store because it's all sprinklered and has a new boiler," said Terri Winter, a principal at Rollie Winter & Assoc. "It seemed a waste to tear that down."


Other structures on the site that escape the wrecking ball include the Valley Value Cinemas and Chase (Bank One), both of which continue to operate and are separately owned.


New buildings slated for the property have not yet been leased to new tenants or sold outright. "We're working with a c-store (a convenience store) and we have some retailers and call centers that are interested," Bomier said.


Several charter schools on the property will be given an opportunity to relocate on the site, he said. Otherwise, existing tenants have all been relocated or are in the final steps of moving out of Valley Fair.


Overall, said Winter, the site plan was chosen out of a half dozen possibilities. "It was the best utilization of the land," she said. "It's really attractive along Memorial Drive and Calumet Street because we brought the buildings closer."


While the fate of Valley Fair is now set, its name is still in limbo, said Bomier.


"I think we're going to continue to call it something with Valley Fair in it. Right now, we're calling it Valley Fair Center," said Bomier.


Posted June 10, 2006

Plans for Valley Fair firmed up

Part of former Appleton mall will be torn down

By Maureen Wallenfang

Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers

APPLETON — Developers unveiled Valley Fair's new mixed-use office/retail site plan today, breathing life back into a 26-acre site that has declined over the last 20 years.

The new design requires demolition of a significant portion of the 52-year-old building at 2145 S. Memorial Drive, which was the country's first enclosed mall. It will be replaced by multiple buildings, rather than one large structure.

The new site plan flips the existing layout, putting individual new buildings close to Memorial Drive and Calumet Street and setting parking behind them.

Demolition could begin in July or August, said Terry Bomier, principal broker of Bomier Properties who will head up marketing for the property. New construction could then begin in late summer or early fall.

Bomier is also one of the site's developers and owners, together with two of the Fox Cities' other prominent development groups, Rollie Winter & Assoc. and Commercial Horizons.

The three firms form VF Partners and together purchased Valley Fair from YouthFutures for $2.3 million Feb. 1. "I think it will be between $7 million and $10 million to get it where we want it to be," Bomier said.

That includes the renovation of the 110,000-square-foot former Kohl's department store and former Kohl's food store, which will remain on the eastern side of the property and be incorporated into the redevelopment plan. "We're leaving Kohl's grocery and the department store because it's all sprinklered and has a new boiler," said Terri Winter, a principal at Rollie Winter & Assoc. "It seemed a waste to tear that down." Other structures on the site that escape the wrecking ball include the Valley Value Cinemas and Chase (Bank One), both of which continue to operate and are separately owned.

New buildings slated for the property have not yet been leased to new tenants or sold outright.


Post-Crescent staff writer March 31, 2006

Festival Foods coming to Buchanan

By Maureen Wallenfang

BUCHANAN — A $6 million Festival Foods grocery store will open here in November near the intersection of College Avenue and State 441. It will be the chain's first Fox Cities store.

The grocer made the commitment Friday to open a 72,000-square-foot market next to the upcoming Lowe's home improvement store.


"We felt it was right to fill the gap," said Mark Skogen, president of the family that owns and operates nine Festival Foods in Wisconsin, including two in Green Bay, one in DePere and one in Oshkosh.

They do not own the Festival Foods in New London.


The Buchanan property is being prepared now so both stores can begin construction.


Festival Foods will be situated between the future Lowe's and an existing shopping plaza — College Park Plaza — that until recently housed Big Lots. The grocer's building will be owned by Commercial Horizons and leased to the Skogens.


"I looked at Appleton for two or three years," Skogen said. "We've never kicked around a city as much as we have Appleton. We put projections on 20 different sites. We've known about this location for a while, but once Lowe's said they were going in, it made more sense. We always like to be located next to a big box retailer. It helps traffic."


Some of his other stores are near Menards stores and a Wal-Mart.


Consumers, including Paul and Liz Weaver who live on Appleton's northeast side, have been asking for a Festival Foods for a long time.


"They will give Wal-Mart a run for their money," said Liz Weaver, who called herself an experienced sale shopper. "I go by ads, and I would say Festival is cheaper because they have more loss leaders."


"It's more of a bulk store," said Paul Weaver.


Others know the store for its free child care area, called the Tot Spot, that has monitors around the store for parents to keep an eye on their kids.


Developer Paul Klister, owner of Commercial Horizons in Appleton, said he had been working on the deal to put Lowe's and Festival on this site for two years.


"It's the most complex, difficult project in my career. The existing property had a lot of issues regarding everything from several landowners to prior restrictive covenants to environmental issues to access."


Lowe's confirmed Thursay it will open its store in the fourth quarter of 2006.


Klister called the entire 35-acre project encompassing both stores "a tremendous addition to that side of town and to the town of Buchanan."


Four additional outlot buildings will face College Avenue and the two big stores will be set back on the property in line with the existing College Park Plaza shopping plaza.


BUCHANAN -- A plan for Fox Valley's first Lowe's home-improvement center is moving forward swiftly, as the retailer eyes a store opening here within a year.

On Monday, the Buchanan Plan Commission approved the preliminary site plan proposed by Appleton-based developer Commercial Horizons, one that suggests a broader plan to develop all available parcels south and east of the State 441 interchange at College Avenue.

The 4-0 vote sends the matter to the Town Board, which will consider the site plan Jan. 20.

The plan calls for the town to relocate Van Roy Road to the south and create direct access to the proposed Lowe's parking at a new intersection midway between the interchange and Eisenhower Drive.

"The town has committed to moving (Van Roy) road for them," Town Clerk John Derks said Monday.

Commercial Horizons representative Paul Klister said the firm owns or is negotiating to buy several properties surrounding the proposed Lowe's store.

The site plan calls for future development of commercial parcels south of College and north of Van Roy. It also envisions 72,000 square feet of new retail space bridging the proposed Lowe's and an existing strip mall that extends to Eisenhower.

Klister said planning for the surrounding retail parcels is early, but said, "We're working on it."

Robert R. Fiebig III, site development manager for Naperville, Ill.-based Lowe's, told town officials the firm was "very excited" at the response from town and Outagamie County officials.

"This is a site we've been looking at for six or seven months," Fiebig said.

Fiebig said the proposed 117,000-square-foot store would be based on the firm's largest store template. The store, designed to feature an "indoor lumber yard" on its east end and a 33,000-square-foot garden center on its west end, would employee between 150 and 175 people, he said.

Town Chairman Jerry Wallenfang said town officials will need to work quickly to secure the various approvals necessary for the store to be built as planned, but noted county leaders are supportive and have approved transportation elements of the plan.

Derks said the store, if approved as planned, would open by about Nov. 1. Construction would begin in spring.

Fiebig said Lowe's plans to open between 150 and 160 stores in the U.S. in 2006. Lowe's operates three stores in Wisconsin -- the nearest in Manitowoc -- and three other state stores are under construction.

Ed Lowe can be reached at 920-993-1000, ext. 293, or by e-mail at

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February 27, 2006                   


Downtown Green Bay, Inc. presented downtown awards


(Green Bay) Downtown Green Bay, Inc. presented six awards at its Good Morning Downtown public event last Thursday, February 23, 2006 at the Meyer Theatre, 117 S. Washington Street in downtown Green Bay.  The awards were presented to local individuals and businesses for significant contributions to downtown Green Bay in 2005.


The Urban Design Committee of Downtown Green Bay, Inc. presented the "Best New Design Award" to Brian Netzel, Senior Architect of Performa, Inc. for his design contribution of the newly constructed Nicolet Center, 111 N. Washington Street.  The Best New Design Award recognizes a person, group or organization that has made an outstanding contribution with designing downtown in the area(s) of new construction, public spaces, streetscape amenity, public art or other new addition.


Quality Inn & Suites, 321 S. Washington Street received the "Best Design Improvement Award" for its outstanding enhancement of the hotel building façade and renovations.  This award is given to a business or organization that has made an outstanding contribution with improving or being instrumental in the improvement of an existing downtown building or public space.


Two President's Awards were given.  One went to Commercial Horizons, Inc. in appreciation for its outstanding generosity to Downtown Green Bay, Inc. for DGBI's new office space - Suite 117 in the Regency Center, 333 Main Street.  The second President's Award went to Tina Chervenka of VerHalen, Inc. in appreciation for her outstanding design and expertise with the interior layout of Downtown Green Bay, Inc. office space in the Regency Center.


Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Roz Barker for her countless hours of time, expertise and efforts over the past year during a staff vacancy, office move and new employee training period.  Barker is Public Relations Specialist with Relevant Radio, Green Bay.


A Special Recognition Award was given to The Byron L. Walter Family Trust for its generosity and contribution for the name of street signs in the downtown district. 


Over 250 people attended the Good Morning Downtown meeting last week.  The event is held twice a year and is sponsored by Downtown Green Bay, Inc. (DGBI).  DGBI is a non-profit Business Improvement District (BID) organized in 1997 to preserve and to improve the social and economic climate in downtown Green Bay.  Questions can be directed Downtown Green Bay, Inc., (920) 437-5972.

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