Big Lots Planning April Opening in Falls

The retailer, along with Jo-Ann Fabrics, will fill a longtime vacancy in a prominent Falls shopping center.

Spring means new beginnings, and that’s especially true in the North Pointe shopping center across from Menomonee Falls High School along Appleton Avenue.

In September, Patch reported that both Big Lots and Jo-Ann Fabrics would move into the largest vacancies in the retail center on Northpoint Drive. Originally, it was reported that the Big Lots was shooting for a pre-Christmas opening date. Of course, that didn’t occur.

However, on Tuesday a broker with the center said Big Lots has a tentative opening date slotted for April. Big Lots currently operates two stores in Milwaukee and one store in West Allis. The company is the nation’s largest brand-name closeout retailer and operates more than 1,400 stores in 48 states.

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Jo-Ann Fabrics will relocate from its location further north on Appleton Avenue. They plan to open sometime in June. For roughly two years - since the Super Pick’n Save opened across the street - the shopping center has been home to one of the larger vacancies in Falls. 

Pj February 25, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Nation's largest junk store along with Hobo
Former Resident February 26, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Yup. Dollar Tree is upscale by comparison. Enjoy the Rodeo Drive clientele.
W . Benz February 26, 2013 at 01:47 AM
As long as they pay their own way with out Goverment $$$$ Using private Money Not RINO Bucks .... Good luck to them....
Richard February 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Just what we need, meanwhile our neighbors continue to attract quality businesses into their communities. What does that say about the Falls, somethings dolefully wrong with our efforts to attract strong businesses I guess.
Kevin Byrum February 26, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I agree with these comments. Who is making these type of decisions? The bar keeps getting lower and lower. We should expect better. If "filling space" is the only criteria, we best be wondering what's next?
Getitright February 26, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Good luck to them? No, it’s more like good luck to us. Let’s all just sit by and watch our illustrious leaders drive our community into the ground. Somehow they aren’t capable of attracting great upscale businesses to our community. It’s either because of their presentation or their complete lack of ingenuity. Either way we are paying for these decisions through (certain) lowering property values, increasing crime and the more than obvious presence of shady characters roaming our streets. I’d much prefer government funding through TIFs and attract businesses that we can all be proud of than these trash magnets that our officials seem to feel is a nice fit for the Falls.
mssgrl February 26, 2013 at 03:34 PM
At least there will be one less empty building in the Falls
Carl Engelking February 26, 2013 at 03:38 PM
That's right Craig. There's no Village Board approval needed for any new business that wants to locate in an already constructed space in Menomonee Falls. The village staff only check to ensure any modifications to the building are legal, their signs are legal, etc.
Steve ® February 26, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Falls needs a strip club! Save the Radisson put in a strip club somewhere inside.
Barb V February 26, 2013 at 05:40 PM
And Big Lots is worse than a run down K-Mart how?
Pj February 26, 2013 at 06:36 PM
A dump is a dump
W . Benz February 26, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Ha Ha Ha - More TIF's like a 18 Mill Village Hotel for Shady characters !!! Trash magnets ?? more like free money magnets for Corp's looking for Free Bees Government funding ---- Another RINO has spoken .... for the ruling class.
Former Resident February 27, 2013 at 04:08 AM
In a year you'll prefer a run down K-Mart. Would have been nice to see some higher end Sports Bar given everything going on at the high school on a regular basis. The Falls.isn't the only place with too much retail space. It's an issue nationally. And what you see nationally is more low end stores from stretched household budgets.l
Michelle Dahms February 28, 2013 at 02:40 AM
I happen to love Big Lots and Joann Fabrics stores. I think that you have to at least give these stores a try, and know that each store is different based on location. The falls has no nonsense police staff they will not allow the community to be brought down. People need to stop being so afraid of new business helping the community to grow even if this mean more people traveling to the community if they have money to spend and don't cause trouble let them enjoy the new business. Also it's not right to put down people who shop at discount stores everyone doesn't make a 100k a year and even then those people are still shopping in super Walmart, Big lots, Joann fabrics and dollar tree. Look at the bright side the falls is a great village that deserves to built revenue & new attraction. Don't be afraid and don't judged what you really don't know. Think positive!
Pj February 28, 2013 at 05:16 AM
No one here commenting seems to have a problem with Joann Fabric's that I see. Big Lots would be the last place I would go if I was doing any remodeling in my home. I personally think they are junkie, regardless of income. I think the village should be looking for some better draws to the Falls. Other then Kohls and now again I shop a Target for me there is nothing else that makes me want to shop out here. Sorry not all people want discount stores and I would think the Falls should learn some lessons from surrounding communitys. I give Big Lots maybe a year or so and they will have hit the road.
Steve ® February 28, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Although I hear Hobo is good and would have been "better" a for profit business that is employing, paying outrageous falls taxes, corporate support, and taking an existing vacant building is good. We need to support capitalism in this dire time.
W . Benz February 28, 2013 at 03:44 PM
You get a "that a boy" Steve --- Support capitalism but NOT Free $$$$$ from the RINO's using taxpayer monies.
SCOTT March 04, 2013 at 01:32 PM
This message is for pj and all the rest of you negative/ignorant consumers. First, pj, if you would even think of going to a big lots store for a place to go during a remodel, well then you don't know what big lots is about. And for the rest, Big lots, is the first place I go to, when I want to buy those every day items I use in my home. When I use TIDE OR FABREZE for my laundry. When I go to put a HEFTY garbage bag in my cans. . When I use my CREST OR COLGATE toothpaste for brushing my teeth. Oh, and I can't forget when I rinse my mouth with LISTERINE. When I need NyQuil, for wheny family gets ill. When I get out of my shower and dry off with my TOMMY HILFINGER towels and step on my memory foam carpet. The last time I've checked, if I can save a bunch of money and still use all my top brand name merchandise for my everyday items, THAT IS CALLED SMART SHOPPING!!!! I hope to see you all there................
JJ August March 04, 2013 at 02:02 PM
The point is not what they carry it's how they carry it. Big Lots is a discount store that has been limited to Milwaukee (and not in any other suburban community in southeastern Wisconsin) until now. The point is that small police forces all over the country find a spike in crime when large discount retailers move into their communities. These stores tend to be magnets for DUIs, shoplifting, car-jackings, muggings, check frauds and other illegal acts. Also, most of the items you mentioned above can be purchased at Piggly Wiggly. By supporting our local small businesses we are making a much healthier investment in the future of our community.
W . Benz March 04, 2013 at 02:29 PM
What a load of crap !!! Limited to Milw ? West Allis has two stores and Janesville has one .... Just make up Statistics to scare people .... Libel !!!
Pj March 04, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Janesville store closed or will be closing
Getitright March 04, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Yes, the Janesville store will be closing and West Allis is a 'little Milwaukee'. Att the rate we're going we're not that far behind.
SCOTT March 04, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Janesville is still open with absolutely no plans of closing. There is also a stores in Kenosha, Appleton, Plover, with plans to be opening many more throughout the country, including right here in the Midwest. Any and all of these statistics you are throwing out are very broad and can be strapped upon any business added to any community. The falls finally has a retailer willing to come and invest their money into our wonderful community and we just want to turn our backs to them??? Some of you will do just that, and then there will be some of us to enjoy our hard earned saved dollars and welcome them. No one is saying not to support our other local retailers. But to limit our options and boycott the idea of any new retailers to invest in the falls is horribly wrong for any community.
W . Benz March 09, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Scott : Thank you for your comments and about investing Private business capital and taking risk's by small companies . This company is bring retail / construction jobs and wish them success.
Ryan March 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Having a sports bar across the street from the High School is a brilliant idea! Maybe you should have run for village board so you could implement your good ideas!
W . Benz March 15, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Ryan : Fibber McGees and Trysting place were both across the street at one time FYI.
Diane Houston March 21, 2013 at 05:23 AM
I absoultey love the idea of a Big Lots opening up in the Falls. I shop at the West Allis location every chance I get. It's not all about discounts, they also have hard to find & specially items. You got to be crazy to think that this store won't succeed. I KNOW that once people get in, and see it first hand, they will appreciate everything that Big Lots can do for their home, & wallet.


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