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Bayside Sendik's Sold: Expansion, Remodeling Planned

Applications have been submitted and the 'Red Bag' Balistreri's will seek village approval next week.

Sendik's Bayside is changing ownership to the Balistreri family of the "Red Bag" Sendik's, amid promises of renovations, expansion and of course the famous red bag. 

"This is a great opportunity for us to serve the surrounding communities by designing a store with a focus on fast, fresh and healthy offerings," Ted Balistreri said in a press release. "We'll be offering a quick and easy way to fill your tank while carrying on the rich tradition we have established of providing the best shopping experience, period." 

Ted Balistreri announced Thursday that his branch of the Sendik's markets will partner with Devo Properties of Mequon to purchase the entire shopping corridor from Sendik's gas pumps east to Mohawk Road. This purchase includes the building at 326 W. Brown Deer Road, which houses Community Bark Dog Wash and Coffee Bar, Kurth Chiropractic and Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Center. They will also purchase the home at the corner of Mohawk and Brown Deer roads, which is zoned commercial. 

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"Brown Deer Road and Port Washington Road is the most visible and highly trafficked intersection in the village," Bayside Village Manager Andy Pederson said. "We are pleased that the Sendik's operation, albeit different ownership, will continue to operate and serve the area, continuing to be a foundation in the Bayside community."  

Internal upgrades and enhancements to the existing Sendik's building could begin as early as January 2013, with work on the new 3,500-square-foot expansion kicking off around the same time, pending village approval. With both buildings completed, Sendik's will operate 15,000 square feet at the corner of Brown Deer and Port Washington Roads. Those other business spaces in the center will remain as individual spaces.

The remodel application to the village includes a request for enhanced signage at the Community Bark building. The Mobil gas station will remain open during construction and continue to be operated by Sendik's, the release said. 

"We look forward to the facility and aesthetic enhancements as well as the enthusiasm that the Balistreri Family, the 'red bag' operation, has for serving the Bayside community for the years to come," Pederson said. 

Absolutelyfabulous December 13, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Nice. Though, seriously, it would be nice if Balistreri Sendik's promoted recyclable bags/offered discounts/incentives for people to bag their own or at least make their red plastic/landfill destined red bags recyclable. Other grocery chains & even cities are banning the use plastic bags altogether and this is what Balistreri Sendiks uses to distinguish themselves from the other grocers. I wonder what their selection will focus on/how big the store will be compared to WFB or if they will be aiming directly at Fresh Market across the street to knock them out of the mix. I wonder if the Downer location, owned by Bayside Sendik's, will be on the block or up for some seriously needed updating. Either way, Bayside Sendik's employees have always been extremely courteous and accomodating. Actually, of all the deli's between the Sendik's factions, Bayside/Downer had some of the best, down to earth tasting items. Amazing fried chicken & friday beer battered cod @ Bayside. Sorry to see those items most likely disappear. They were absolutely fabulous!
Sarah Worthman December 13, 2012 at 07:34 PM
First off - awesome pun at the end there, AbFab, Love it! :) I agree, they've had some great tasting deli items. I never tried the fried chicken though. I'll have to swing in there quick and give it a go before things start changing. I like your idea for the reusable bags too - I wonder if they could sponsor red look-alike bags that are made of that funky recyclable plastic? (They're not cotton, not sure what they're made of, but they're reusable. I got mine at TJ Maxx). Think that would be a good idea?
patti benson December 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Been getting my coffee and light groceries just about every morning during the week. It's like family. Hope the main employees you have there now, stay. Their great workers and very nice.
Bob McBride December 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Keep the red bags intact, as-is. Nothing keeps the olfactory offending odors of litter box pickings at bay until garbage pickup day as effectively.
Bewildered December 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
No guarantees of reemployment. Told to apply online like any other prospective job seeker. A few maybe offered jobs at Downer store, but not many. Very sad for long term loyal employees, esp. Deli ladies Jan and Regina. Even if hired back, would be off for 3-4 months till new store opens. No severance offered.
Sarah Worthman December 14, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Where did you hear this, Bewildered?
Robert Weich December 15, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Sendik's does offer a 5c rebate for every bag you bring in and use. I worked there from 04-06.
Meri Jo Cornell April 06, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Jan and Regina are working at Downer.

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