Thursday, November 16, 2017

UPDATE. The lights are still on at the University Avenue Brennan's, but it's pretty much empty inside

Photo by Retiring

Rendering of facade facing Capital Avenue

11/4/2017 update, "Mixed-use development proposed at site of shuttered Brennan's Market", starts here.
Source:  City of Madison

Commercial, apartment building proposed for the former Brennan’s on University Ave.  (Capital Times, 10/13/2017)
The 48,000-square-foot building would feature 8,100 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and three upper floors of apartments, ranging from studio to two-bedroom. 
One level of at-grade parking and one level of underground parking would provide a total of 89 stalls. 
The application describes the look of the building as “clean urban architecture,” with brick masonry and fiber-cement siding.

So far not a peep on Nextdoor from Spring Harbor neighborhood residents.

9/3/2017 update, "Going out of business:  Too late to save 30% on wine at Madison Brennan's", starts here.

Photos of huge dent in inventory taken on September 2.

Photos by Retiring Guy

About face!

Brennan's, you've put a hole in my heart.

Original 7/13/2017 post, "Too little too late:  Brennan's parking lot mostly full on day of closing announcement", starts here.

In the middle of the afternoon.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Increasing competition, flat sales leads Brennan's Market to close all of its stores.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/12/2017)
In 1967, Skip Brennan borrowed $10,000 from a bank to open a store in a Quonset hut on University Avenue in Madison. The structure and a neighboring drive-in, Dog ‘n Suds, were torn down in 1970 to make way for the existing store. He opened the company’s third store on Madison’s North Side in 1975; it closed in 2008. A fourth was added in Brookfield in 1988, after he was offered land on Bluemound Road from Madison-based car dealer John Zimbrick.

My wife and I have shopped here since moving to Middleton in 1986.  The Madison store has always featured outstanding produce -- oranges and peaches (in season), in particular.   We'll certainly miss Brennan's, but just like when Johannsen's Greenhouses closed in 2013, we'll move on.

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