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Janesville Penzeys Spices to open later this month

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Neil Johnson
Thursday, May 11, 2017

JANESVILLE—After months of apparent delays, cooking spices retailer Penzeys Spices plans to open a new store in Janesville later this month, the company confirmed.

Wisconsin-based Penzeys Spices says it plans to open its store at the Creston Park Mall, 1323 Creston Park Ave., before the end of May—possibly as early as late next week, company spokeswoman Margie Gibbons said.

The store opening comes months after Penzeys officially revealed its plans to locate a retail store at the Creston Park Mall, a strip mall just west of the Schnuck's grocery store. Last summer, Penzeys indicated the Janesville store could open as early as Thanksgiving 2016.

For the past few weeks, the Penzeys sign has been up at a storefront in the mall, and construction crews have been working inside. Penzeys is locating between larger anchor spaces that now house Office Max and Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.

Gibbons said Penzeys ran into a few delays, and that's why the store has taken months longer to open than initially planned. She wouldn't discuss what the delays were.

Renovations to convert the Creston Park Mall storefront are nearly complete, she said. Within the next few days, Penzeys plans to bring in its own workers to start setting up the retail floor and displays.

Penzeys was founded in Milwaukee as a coffee and spice supplier, but by the 1980s the company shifted to mail-order sales of cooking and baking spices and special, proprietary blends of spices, according to company information.

Penzeys started opening retail stores in 1994.

The Janesville store is an expansion for Penzeys within its core market. The company has more than 60 stores nationwide, including 10 in Wisconsin—mostly in the greater Milwaukee and Madison areas.

The store will be similar in size and setup to many of Penzeys' newer locations, and it will employ at least one full-time manager and up to six sales employees, Gibbons said last year.

Penzeys will open just as adjacent anchor store Jo-Ann Fabrics makes early preparations to relocate.

Under plans by Madison developer Steve Doran, four small- to medium-sized retailers are moving into new retail spaces in the former Menards off Pontiac Drive. Jo-Ann Fabrics is one of the retailers that will locate there, according to a lease flier Doran is circulating online.

Janesville Economic Development Director Gale Price confirmed that Jo-Ann Fabrics will vacate Creston Park Mall and relocate at the redeveloped Menards.

Doran closed on the former Menards property in April. He is working off a city tax increment financing deal to redevelop the site.

Doran's redevelopment is slated to roll out this spring, and he plans to have stores open in the former Menards late this year, Price said.  

When asked if Penzeys was aware that Jo-Ann Fabrics plans to relocate, leaving a gap in the Creston Park Mall, Gibbons said she'd look into the situation but couldn't immediately comment.


Last updated: 4:56 pm Thursday, May 11, 2017


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