The Waunakee Village Mall is undergoing a facelift, allowing businesses to grow and opening up space for additional retailers.
“The mall has just been booming,” said Alicia Reed, an owner with Wisconsin Management Company, which owns the mall.
Reed said a few years ago, Wisconsin Management Company began working with a commercial broker who brought in new retail tenants.
One of those tenants, Majestic Flooring and More, will move into a space previously underutilized at the mall between Associated Bank and the Dollar Store. Wisconsin Management Company had used the space for storage, Reed said.
“Majestic Flooring has really expanded their product line,” Reed said, adding the additional countertops and fixtures resulted in the need for a larger showroom.
TJK Construction is working on the building facade along with the mall area, installing new planters and creating a more pedestrian friendly area for the mall. A substantial amount of roof is coming off of the Associated Bank and Dollar Store building to be replaced with a metal slat system, Reed said. A glass facade will be added to the Majestic Flooring and More store.
Also, Hometown Pharmacy will move into the former Mallatt’s Pharmacy space, providing more square footage, along with a drive-thru for Hometown. During the construction, all businesses will remain open.
At the north end of the mall, the ATM kiosk has been removed.
“That was a blast from the past, right? You really don’t see vestibule ATMs used anymore,” Reed said.
Some possible tenants were identified, but the space was never quite suitable, so the kiosk was torn down. Electrical is still in place for the Christmas tree vender, SRP Trees, and other potential users.
“We wanted to leave it open for possibilities,” Reed said, adding that other communities have pop-up markets in their retail areas.
Andi Simmons, Wisconsin Management Company’s director of business development, said two spaces will be available for lease – one at 2,100 square feet, and the other at 1,600 square feet – when the construction is complete, and the tenants have moved in to the new spaces.
“That’s some of the smallest spaces we’ve had available in a long time,” Simmons said.
Reed credited the engaged business community for new businesses moving into Waunakee.
“The number businesses coming in is a direct reflection of the Waunakee Chamber of Commerce,” Reed said, adding that the Chamber and business community are active.
Simmons added that the Village of Waunakee’s economic development director, Todd Schmidt, also has helped, and remembered meeting with Schmidt when she began with Wisconsin Management Company five years ago.
“He suggested finding a broker with national ties, and also giving the mall a little bit of a facelift,” she said.
Reed said Wisconsin Management Company and TJK have worked on the construction plans for a long time. Construction is due to be completed at the end of December, she said.