Burlington Store Will Replace Piggy Wiggly On Capitol Dr.
No more shopping the pig, but there will be coats and a Frank Lloyd Wright connection.
Change is afoot for a shopping center located near the intersection of N. Holton St. and E. Capitol Dr.
According to a notice filed with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Piggly Wiggly’s closing will result in the loss of 52 jobs. The closure is to occur over two weeks starting March 18 according to the filing, although discounts can already be found on the store’s remaining inventory.
A sign permit submitted Wednesday to the Department of Neighborhood Services indicates a Burlington store is planned to fill the 32,000-square-foot grocery store space.
Both changes are to come after Capitol Commons Partners LLC, an affiliate of Bayside-based Midland Management, acquired the 7.02-acre shopping center property on Jan. 4 for $5.85 million from PJR Properties. PJR, an affiliate of Piggly Wiggly Midwest, acquired the property in 2015 for $3.85 million. Midland owns several shopping centers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
Formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory, the retailer now known as Burlington is a New Jersey-based “office price” department store with more than 1,000 locations. Its website lists four locations in the Milwaukee area: W. Greenfield Ave in West Allis, W. Capitol Dr. in Brookfield, N. Green Bay Rd. in Brown Deer and 1501 W. Zellman Ct., just off S. 13th St., in the city proper.
The sign for the new store will list the company’s many discount offerings: ladies, mens, kids, baby, home and coats.
Piggly Wiggly’s closure marks the end of a series of successive grocery stores anchoring the complex.
The building, constructed in 1984 according to assessment records, was originally occupied by a Pick ‘n Save store that filled virtually the entire thing, then a Jewel Osco and eventually a Lena’s Food Market. The Martin family, which owned the Lena’s chain, was the franchisee behind the Piggly Wiggly store when it first opened and owned the property until selling it and the store to PJR in 2015.
Prior to the shopping center, the site was occupied by Adelman Laundry for five decades.
Members of the Adelman family were patrons of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and commissioned several house designs and a replacement plant and office design for the laundry business. Unfortunately for architecture aficionados, the Wright-designed plant was never built. But the 1940s drawing of it became subject to a lawsuit tied to the shopping center’s construction.
Two Wright drawings for the Adelman’s did become reality. The Albert and Edith Adelman House can be found in Fox Point. The Benjamin Adelman House can be found in a substantially altered state in Phoenix, where Ben retired after handing the laundry business over to his son Albert.
One of Wright’s drawings of the plant indicates it wouldn’t have gone on the Capitol Drive site, and was instead targeted for the intersection of W. Lisbon Ave. and N. 50th St. The drawings are now in the collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
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