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New Janesville strip mall rapidly taking shape

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JAMES P. LEUTE
November 7, 2011
What it is: A 10,000-square-foot strip mall is under construction on an outlet to Slumberland Furniture and Hobby Lobby, both of which are housed in the former Walmart store at the intersection of highways 14 and 26 in Janesville.

The strip mall will include three tenants, said Gale Price, the city’s manager of building and development services.


Aspen Dental will open at one end of the center and operate in about 3,200 square feet. Founded in 1998, Aspen Dental has more than 300 offices in 22 states.


Mattress Firm, a specialty-bedding retailer, will operate out the middle suite, also in about 3,200 square feet of space, Price said. The company was founded in 1986 by Steve Fendrich, who until 2010 was president and chief operating officer of Simmons Bedding Co., which operates a plant in Janesville. Fendrich has since rejoined Mattress Firm as the company’s chief strategy officer.


Price said AT&T would move into the final 3,200-square-foot space from its current location in the Janesville Mall.


What’s the progress: Aspen Dental is much further along in its build-out than the two other stores, and could open yet this year, Price said.
Cost: $1.6 million, which includes about $1.2 million for the building and $372,000 for the specific build-outs for the three tenants.

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