The Shoppes at Fox River on Waukesha's south side continues to grow, with one new business recently opening and at least one more on the way.
Ross Dress for Less, 1180 W. Sunset Drive, a clothing store on the east side of The Shoppes at Fox River development, held its grand opening this month, and a Burger King will soon move into a vacant space on the south side of the property at 1190 W. Sunset Drive.
Both are part of the ongoing evolution of the Shoppes, a nearly 370,000-square foot development, from the Michigan-based Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust development team, that now includes 27 stores. The sprawling property sits on land that used to house a Flemings grocery distribution facility and is anchored by Target, Pick 'n Save, TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby.
The Shoppes at Fox River – along with the Sunset Crossings development (where the former Kmart used to be) and the new Meijer 24-hour supercenter – have helped transform Sunset Drive into a local shopping destination, according to city planning staff, and have revitalized that portion of the city, which has grown in recent years.
Ross Dress for Less, based in Dublin, California, is one of the nation's largest off-price clothing and home fashions chains. The Waukesha store held its grand opening on Oct. 8.
The store has departments for women, men, kids, home décor, fitness, pets, and technology and travel, and sells clothing, accessories, shoes and home items that include furniture, kitchen wares, bed sheets and bath towels.
The Ross chain is expanding into the suburban Milwaukee market and has already opened stores in West Allis and Brookfield.
The new Ross store anchors a roughly 90,000-square-foot retail plaza with Five Below, another discount store which sells all of its merchandise between $1 and $5. Five Below, 1250 W. Sunset Drive, which opened in July, sits at the north end of the plaza.
Another dining option is also in the works.
The city's plan commission in July approved final site and architectural plans for a Burger King just south of the new Ross store. That building, which used to house a Batteries Plus store, is under construction.
The east side of the approximately 1,800-square-foot building will feature a drive-thru, according to planning documents. The restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open later this fall.
It wasn't immediately clear if Cave Enterprises, the franchisee which owns the other local Burger King restaurant as well as others in the area, will operate the new location.
What is clear is the Shoppes has grown as a site for popular restaurant chains since its inception
Shoppers already have a Buffalo Wild Wings, Jersey Mike's, Noodles and Company and a Chili's restaurant to choose from.
More to come
The Shoppes still has room for more businesses, including spots that are ready for lease.
There are five available store fronts, with varying square footage, between Ross and Five Below, according to the Ramco-Gershenson website.
Construction also continues on several more buildings directly west of the Ross store and just north of Burger King plaza. Tenants for those buildings are mostly unnamed, but Ramco-Gershenson has said that one of them will house a Panera Bread.
The development team, which has been extremely tight-lipped about future tenants, lists Panera as a tenant on a detailed sight plan available on its website.