FACT: they are looking for an East Madison Location to open up.
Rumor: they are going to close their Hilldale Location after it is up and running. I learned from current Hilldale store employees and it makes sense as the new West location is so huge. Why would they want to compete with themselves… and maintain a store that lost a lot of it’s parking lot to the Condo units (that are still half empty…).
That leaves a lot of “up in the air” discussion about what location they are going to pick!
FACT: HyVee Westgate is well underway and might open sooner than expected. It is the main competitor for MetCalfe’s and probably a factor in this too. Add the third HyVee going in (Southwest side) and it’s kinda a no-brainer.
RUMOR: (Denied by the store owner when I called him) Sentry Foods Sun Prairie is on the short list for Metcalfe’s. This would mean a GREAT coup for Sun Prairie as they have an AMAZING variety of locally sourced items and INCREDIBLE produce.
Seriously, what other east side location makes sense? Pierce’s East Side Market is too small for them… I highly doubt they would take the old Cub Foods East, next to a Super Wal-Mart.
What are your thoughts?
I will fill you in when I hear more…. promise!