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.
To many, the announcement came as a stunning surprise.
How could this happen?
How could this happen here?
How could this happen to a Sendik’s?
It had opened with a bang during the summer of 2008.....
A little over a year later, the Sendik’s on Highway 100 was preparing to close and re-open as a Pick ‘n’ Save.
I patronized both Sendik’s stores in
Was the Sendik’s at Highway 100 too close to the one at 51st and Rawson? No, that’s a foolish theory.
Was the Sendik’s at 51st and Rawson far superior to the one that closed? I don’t think so, though I could make a case as to why one had advantages over the other, including opening earlier.
I believe the owners of the Highway 100 Sendik's when they say sales couldn't keep up with costs. They also referred to demographics in the area.
While they referred to "competition," they never specifically mentioned the Target located right next door. Others speculate Target is the main factor here, but the two are totally different shopping experiences and destinations.
I don't think the Highway 100 spot is a poor location to do business, it's just a new location.
The market decided. It had nothing to do with the cuts of beef, pedestrian access (Gimme a break), ripples in the parking lot, or number of bike paths. The market (consumers) made its voice heard.
Sadly this past summer, Sendik’s shut down, no longer able to compete in a struggling economy.
Sendik's Fine Foods at the Shoppes of Wyndham Village in
Even in a rough downturn, Sendik's sudden fade was still surprising. This is a Sendik's, for heavens sake. Sendik's doesn't lock up for good. They expand. They open another store, and another, and another.
“A survey from
The Sendik’s at the Shoppes at
Sendik’s wasn’t the only business affected by the rough fiscal times.
In September, FranklinNOW reported Harley-Davidson Inc. would lay off most of its employees at its
“We’re at the point where we’ll try to get a big skywriter to write ‘We love you, please don’t go,’”
“It’s hard to get angry at something you love,”
Allaboutbikes.com reported in September 2009, “Harley-Davidson will close its
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