Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
The goal at Fountains of Franklin (which would be a veritable ghost town if not for Sendik’s) was to use the glorious excitement of the opening day at Sendik’s and make some major announcement about new tenants.
But, like every other day for the past gazillion months at FOF, nothing happened.
No dice. No deal. No commitments. No announcement. No surprise.
At the VIP party at Sendik’s the night before the opening, I had a nice long chat with David Hintzman of FOF. Much of what we discussed was off the record and not for publication.
Generally speaking, I can tell you that he offered an explanation, if you will, of why things are taking so long to happen at FOF, a subject I’ve teased FOF about for many months. (Hintzman is fine with my occasional jabs, understanding that I am on record supporting the development, but have just grown impatient). It sounded like the kind of speech that Hintzman used to play blogger Greg Kowalski, who was probably so enamored that Hintzman was actually talking to him that he swallowed everything hook, line and sinker.
Hintzman, in a nutshell, told me that it’s better to wait in order to get something worthwhile. I personally, would prefer that it happen before Haley’s comet.
Without breaking a confidence, Hintzman is quite confident of two high-quality businesses coming into FOF that I can’t specify any further.
Where Hintzman lost me a bit is on the “good things come to those who wait” approach, especially when he told me it would result in garnering tenants that, “nobody else has.”
I guess that explains that new Dairy Queen.
I like Hintzman and want him to succeed. But let’s go. Sendik’s, to the city’s credit, didn’t take very long. But until I see some major progress, I’m sorry, David. I’m going to keep the pressure on.