Woodman's proposes to expand, remodel Janesville grocery store

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Marcia Nelesen
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

JANESVILLE--Woodman's Food Market officials in Janesville are asking for a permit to build a new warehouse that a city staff member said is the first phase of a major interior remodel.

A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled before the Janesville Plan Commission at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 17.

According to a city memo, store officials would build a 31,369-square-foot warehouse to the north side of the grocery store at 2819 N. Lexington Drive.

The grocery store is 195,672 square feet. The store sits on 19.1 acres.

“They're calling it the first phase of an interior remodel,” said Brian Schweigl, city associate planner.

Store managers would move some produce from the warehouse area at the south end of the store into the new area, Schweigl said. Some of the space on the south end will be converted into a new liquor store, an expanded frozen food department, additional retail and a new checkout area, Schweigl said.

Other components of the proposed project include reconfiguration of the parking area northwest of the grocery store as well as the parking area along North Lexington Drive.

The Gazette was not able to reach a Woodman's company official who could discuss the project Tuesday.

The store was built in 1985 and expanded by 58,000 square feet in 1995. A separate 32,043-square-foot office building was constructed in 2009.

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