Kelley’s Drive Thru Market to close
Downtown Cedarburg store will be without a home at the end of March

By Laurie Arendt - News Graphic Correspondent

March 17, 2015

CEDARBURG — After about a year and a half of successfully filling a convenience niche in downtown Cedarburg, Kelley’s Drive Thru Market is closing on March 28.

“Well, we were planning to move to the space that’s now The Burg, and during the final negotiation stages, it fell through,” said Kelley's owner Tim Kelley. “Albert Yee (owner of The Burg) asked for a $12,000 payment to leave his lease three months early, and I just don’t have the money to do that.”

The problem is that the Kelleys have also ended their lease in their current space at W61 N506 Washington Ave., leaving them with no space to continue their operations.

“It’s my understanding that the owner of this building, Wave Management, does have some interest in the building,” he said. “So we can’t stay. Unless we can find some other available location in downtown Cedarburg, we’re done at the end of the month.”

Tim and Jen Kelley opened Kelley’s Drive Thru Market in August 2013, stocking the market with pantry staples as well as specialty items. In addition to providing an inventory of grocery items, Kelley’s also creates gift baskets and has a number of take-out foods, including sandwiches and a daily soup.

“We have a very short period of time to find a new location,” said Kelley, who added that he would be interest in looking at other site options to continue the business downtown.