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Sendik’s store to open on Marquette University campus

New grocery store will serve Avenues West neighborhood

By - Jun 28th, 2017 09:15 am
Sendik’s Fresh2Go store in Bayside. Photo courtesy of Sendik’s.

Sendik’s Fresh2Go store in Bayside. Photo courtesy of Sendik’s.

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell today announced that a new Sendik’s store will open in the heart of the Marquette campus on the northeast corner of 16th and West Wells Streets.

“From my earliest days as president at Marquette, I told our students and our partners in the Near West Side that bringing a top-quality grocer to our community was the highest priority,” Lovell said. “With more than 90 years of outstanding experience serving Milwaukee, Sendik’s arrival in our neighborhood means that our current food desert will soon have a fresh food oasis.”

The store, which is anticipated to be a catalyst for additional area development, will open during the 2017-18 academic year.

The new Sendik’s store will be an innovative, small-store-format model. This Marquette location will also feature Sendik’s Express, the local grocer’s online ordering and curbside pick-up service. The store, which will be approximately 4,800 square feet, will serve students, faculty, staff and neighbors. It will feature healthy snacks, single-serve meals, and Sendik’s signature fresh produce. Sendik’s expects to employ about 20 associates from the community, especially students who can balance their education with part-time work.

“This exciting collaboration is about two longtime Milwaukee institutions that share a combined vision of innovation and growth, both of which are reflected in this unique store and partnership,” said Ted Balistreri, family co-owner of Sendik’s Food Market.

Located near Marquette’s new residence hall that is currently under construction and accessible by car, bus or bike, the new grocery store marks another step forward in the university’s master plan to grow retail development along the Wells Street business corridor.

“We often emphasize pushing beyond our traditional boundaries, and this collaboration will significantly improve our community and campus,” Lovell said. “Students today have never been more active, and we were really drawn to the innovative flexible express concept.”

Sendik’s Food Market: ‘The perfect fit’

This will mark the 19th store for Sendik’s Food Markets. Balistreri said it will follow a similar model to Fresh2GO stores that Sendik’s recently opened in Greendale and Bayside, but be tailored for the campus community. The new Sendik’s will be a part of Business Improvement District (BID) 10, whose focus is to recruit new businesses to the near west side neighborhoods.

“Our residents have been clamoring for fresh food options for years,” said Keith Stanley, executive director of BID 10 and the Near West Side Partners. “In an era where fast food is king, fresh food is the key in helping our neighbors thrive.”

About Marquette: Marquette University is a Catholic and Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Wis., that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Our mission includes the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others. A Marquette education offers students a virtually unlimited number of paths and destinations and prepares them for the world by asking them to think critically about it. Along the way, we ask one thing of every student: Be The Difference.

About Sendik’s: Since 1926, the Balistreri family has been serving the greater Milwaukee community by combining quality food products with exceptional customer service. Shoppers can expect an entirely unique shopping experience: items made from scratch in the deli; bakery items baked fresh daily; signature, top-shelf meats; hand-selected produce; and an unwavering commitment to quality and service. Sendik’s goal is to provide the best grocery shopping experience, period. Learn more at

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3 thoughts on “Sendik’s store to open on Marquette University campus”

  1. Margo Allen says:

    Sendik’s. stores do not accept SNAP benefits. This further separates the campus community from neighbors in poverty who live in this area. This little known fact is conveniently passed over in the press release.

  2. Jason troll says:

    Actually that is not true. Call your local Sendik’s. Certain items like the hot bar are excluded.

  3. Margo Allen says:

    I will- it has been several years since I visited Sendiks in Wauwatosa and discovered that.

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