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New Walgreens store plan in question

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JAMES P. LEUTE
January 9, 2009
— A retail development on the city's west side could give the city its fifth Walgreens store.

Or maybe it would just be the city's fourth, a concern city officials have about plans for a new Walgreens at Court and Arch streets.


Gale Price, the city's manager of building and development services, said Walgreens is working with a developer to build a store on a 1.65-acre parcel at the intersection, the former home of a gas station and part of Wisconsin Turf Equipment Corp.


Price said the development also would include a new building for a single-use tenant on a 1.59-acre parcel just to the east of Walgreens.


Wisconsin Turf moved in 2008 to 1306 W. B-R Townline Road, Beloit, and the land on West Court Street was sold to Sara Investment Real Estate in Madison, who is partnering with another Madison developer to build the buildings.


Price said the city is concerned that with a new Walgreens on West Court Street, the company might decide to break its lease and close its store at the Five Points intersection. In Janesville, Walgreens has two other stores on Milton Avenue and one on the city's south side.


"We've asked that question, and they haven't confirmed that their intention is to close the Five Points store," he said.


Price said the Five Points store serves the neighborhood well with pharmaceutical and grocery supplies. A proposed Hendricks Development Group project at a neighboring site centers on a discount grocery store, but that project is moving slowly, Price said.


Demolition work at the West Court Street properties is expected to start this summer, with construction to follow later this year, he said.



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