Panos Fresh Market at Main and Barstow Streets will be
closing Nov. 17.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA - Panos
Fresh Market in downtown Waukesha will close its doors for good
on Nov. 17, owner Diane Assimakopoulos said on Wednesday.
the business and all the support we’ve had throughout the years,
and our location on Sunset will remain open, so come visit us
there,” Assimakopoulos said. “It has ample parking.”
blamed the lack of parking and competition from recently
constructed Woodman’s Food Markets for the decline in business.
there’s some street parking in the area and a municipal lot
kitty corner from the market, Assimakopoulos said Bryce Styza’s
refusal to let Panos customers use the parking lot right next to
the building began to take a toll.
snowplowing and maintaining it, and then he suddenly said he
needed it, but it sits there empty,” Assimakopoulos said. “Yes,
there’s the municipal lot, but think about the older people and
moms who come in with their kids and get groceries - how is a
mom going to carry her kids and get the cart across two
In April 2012,
Styza told The Freeman that he doesn’t have enough parking for
the tenants of his Main Street Plaza Apartments, and those
residents take priority. He said he had no comment on Panos’
closure on Wednesday.
said during the last few months as more and more people began to
hear about Woodman’s she began to notice business declining even
us hard,” she said.
Panos has been
downtown since 2003, and the Assimakopouloses took it over two
years ago. The final GuitarTown mural was recently painted on
the side of the building.
“We own the
building, and we’re planning to lease it out,” she said, adding
that she doesn’t have a future tenant in mind.