Oct. 23--Cinderblock walls are going up now for a new 16,000-square-foot building at 301 N. Bluemound Drive in Grand Chute. That is north of the intersection with College Avenue and behind Aspen Dental, Starbucks and Panera Bread.
I've written about the site and its permits several times going back to February, but readers are asking about the property now that construction is under way.
It's the future GFS Marketplace, which is like a mini warehouse store. It's the kind of place you'd shop to prepare for a tailgater, graduation party or family reunion. It stocks bulk-quantity prepared, frozen and packaged foods plus serving equipment, utensils and paper products.
It will be open to the public and doesn't charge a membership fee.
"The target opening date is April 2014," said Bob Buckingham, director of community development for the town.
GFS' parent company is Gordon Food Service, a food distributor based in Grand Rapids, Mich., that serves restaurants, schools and churches. The company's 160 retail stores, an offshoot of the wholesale operation, are in 10 states. It currently has five stores in Wisconsin. Info: www.gfs.com
The family-owned company purchased 1.8 acres of land along Bluemound. Building permits estimate the structure's cost at $1.38 million.