Officials see Casey’s store as spark for village growth

By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

With Casey’s General Store planning to break ground in the Village of Fredonia in June, village trustees are considering more options to bring in new businesses through the Highway 57 corridor.

“Once they build it (Casey’s) they will come because there is going to be considerably more traffic flow,” said Village Economic Development Committee Chairman TJ Meyers-Jansky, noting the store will be in walking distance for most residents. That will allow residents to explore other opportunities in the village. 

The committee did not have a quorum for Monday’s meeting, but Meyers-Jansky and Trustee Richard Abegglen brainstormed new business options.

Abegglen said Casey’s would help differentiate Fredonia from neighboring communities because it offers a variety of food and bakery, plus the extra customer traffic.

“The traffic will translate into people knowing where Fredonia is,” he said. “With people coming up that corridor from Chicago through Elkhart Lake, they will think, ‘Hey we need to stop in Fredonia.’”

Meyers-Jansky said she sees an opportunity for several businesses to move into the former daycare center at the corner of Highway 57 and Fredonia Avenue, which is available for lease or sale.

“There are three different levels in that building. I see potential for the place to have a tri-level store,” she said, noting she is interested in a coffee shop moving in along with a beauty salon and restaurant. 

She said she is also interested in attracting startup businesses to the community.

Currently, Meyers-Jansky is working on a marketing plan with the Ozaukee Economic Development agency to bring in more businesses.

“It’s a matter of getting people’s interest to be here in a small community,” she said.

Abegglen has his sights set on a vacant storefront that was a former restaurant on Highland Drive, which he said could become a supper club. He also said he is interested in having an activity center for teenagers to socialize and a place to host community events.

“There’s not a lot of things for kids to do here,” he said. “I’ve seen in Manitowoc there’s a kids lounge, where they can go after school and hangout.”

Meyers-Jansky said the village doesn’t have enough capital to purchase a building for an activity center and pay for its staff, but she said she sees a need for one.

“Currently the firehouse is where community events are held, but the village needs a true community and activity center where things like your bowling and skating would be the mainstays at that place,” she said.

Meyers-Jansky said she wants more input from residents for future business ideas in the village. Residents can contact her at trusteetj@gmail.com

“I really want people to send me their ideas because their input matters,” she said.

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