Pete’s Fruit Market
New grocery store will be the community hub of Bronzeville
A prominent Milwaukee intersection is getting a substantial upgrade. A contracting crew is hard at work building a Pete’s Fruit Market grocery store at the northwest corner of W. North Ave. and N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. The new grocery will be a welcome addition for area residents and a significant boost to the city’s efforts to turn Bronzeville into a flourishing neighborhood.
Vangard Group is the developer for the project. The general contractor is JCP Construction, with Engberg Anderson serving as the project architect. The city-controlled Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation is helping finance the development. One Source Construction is also providing consulting and contracting services for the project.
As Mark Doremus reported when the project was announced, “The Walgreens site was owned previously by Anup “Andy” Khullar, who had promised to bring a grocery to the corner in exchange for financial support from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation. Khullar received a $325,000 loan to support the project but later decided to lease the space to Dollar Tree instead of developing a locally owned and operated grocery store. Dollar Tree got as far as furnishing the store interior and putting up signs outside before it gave up on the Bronzeville location in the face of intense community opposition.”
When complete, the store will total 13,700 square-feet. Crews are working to redevelop the building at the site that formerly housed a Walgreen’s and Time Warner Cable outlet.
Pete’s is a known brand to south siders, who frequent the firm’s flagship store at 1400 S. Union St. Pete’s is owned by the Tsitiridis family.