Piggly Wiggly expansion approved
Construction could start soon


Oct. 3, 2014

RICHFIELD — A proposed expansion of the Piggly Wiggly store received approval Thursday night from the village’s Plan Commission.

The commission approved the project’s site plan, architectural design, and grading and erosion plan. Store Manager Mike Olwig said it’s hoped construction on the 6,000square-foot addition can begin before the snow starts to fall.

The commission’s action came after the village’s Architectural Design Committee gave its approval to some final construction details to the plan earlier this week. Those details included approving the use of a gray metal architectural design panel to match the current building exterior.

The Richfield Fire Co. had raised a concern because the earlier plan called for the termination of a drive-through lane at the rear of the addition, but designers agreed to create a no-parking area near the area which will allow Fire Department equipment to access all portions of the building.

Village Administrator Jim Healy said designers and Fox Bros., which owns the Richfield store, have worked hard to answer questions and make changes requested by the village.

Fox Bros. President Pat Fox said the store, which the company opened in October 2011, will see extensive work besides the expansion.

“Virtually every department will be expanded,” Fox said.

Architect Tom Sugars of Thomas Design Inc. said the store’s bakery and delicatessen will be moved into the addition.

“We’ll be altering a large part of the rest of the store,” Sugars said. “It will be almost a total facelift. The three glass-block windows in front of the current building will be replaced with regular windows and three more windows will also be added to the front.”

“We could start construction within the next couple of weeks,” Olwig said.

Sugars said the metal architectural panel to be used on the building’s exterior was the least expensive of several options, but it will mimic the present building.

“There will also be still room remaining on the site so that if the store wants to it could have another 6,000-square-foot addition,” Healy said.

Healy said the store will come before the village to present a plan for changes in lighting and landscaping in the parking lot, but that does not need approval now in order for the building addition work to begin.

“We had hoped to move on this project a little earlier, but when projects became available in Hartford and Saukville it caused us to delay the Richfield project a bit until we got those projects underway,” Fox said.

Fox Bros. is finishing work on a new store and owns other stores in Hartland, Oconomowoc, Slinger, Jackson and Saukville. The Saukville store will soon be moving into a larger building which was formerly occupied by Pick n’ Save.