Target, Kohl’s,among potential Pabst Farms retailers?
Sullivan says ‘grapevine’ IDs them; developer claims no tenants signed 

By JEFF RUMAGE - GM Today Staff

September 13, 2008

OCONOMOWOC - Mayor Maury Sullivan announced Thursday the names of four potential Pabst Farms Town Centre tenants that he said he heard “through the grapevine.”



At his annual “state of the city” address before Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce members, Sullivan said he has heard Target, Kohl’s, PetSmart and OfficeMax are rumored as potential mall tenants, although Pabst Farms Developments and the town center developer, Developers Diversified Realtors, are keeping the tenants’ identities secret until negotiations are finalized.

Pabst Farms spokesman Thad Nation insists no tenants have signed on to the project.

“We have nobody signed as of yet,” he said Friday. “We are continuing discussions with many different parties.”

Nation declined to name any potential tenants, because they are still in the process of negotiating.

Sullivan said the retail market is changing, and large upscale department stores are not expanding as much as they have in the past.

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This story appeared in The Freeman on September 13, 2008.