Jim Sajdak and Stan's named NSRA Retailer of the Year for 2013

The National Shoe Retailers Association honored Jim Sajdak as its Retailer of the Year for 2013, and the award was celebrated at a Milwaukee area dinner in January. Sajdak owns Stan's Fit for Your Feet/New Balance of Milwaukee, a five-location business headquartered in Brookfield.


Jim joined the company, founded by his grandfather and father, Stan, in the 1970's; and served as vice president for 16 years before becoming president and CEO in 1989. Under Jim's leadership, Stan's Fit for Your Feet expanded from one store to the current five locations.


Mayor Ponto spoke at the awards dinner and noted Jim's and Stan's good corporate citizenship. Stan's Fit for Your Feet has collected more than 140,000 pairs of new and gently used shoes, and distributed them through Father Gene's Help Center, Repairers of the Breach Homeless Day Shelters, and Soles4Souls internationally. Stan's has also supported the Race for the Cure, Girls on the Run, and Brigg's and Al's Run and Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.


In a press release from the NSRA, past chairman Alan Miklofsky noted, "Jim is a great business man because he is also a leader that allows other people to shine (including) his four children who are now in the business. He has managed to balance being a great father, husband and business owner - and that is a reputation we can all support."


Congratulations to Jim Sajdak and Stan's Fit for Your Feet, for this national honor, and their continued good work in the community.



Jim Sajdak 



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New businesses chose Brookfield in 2013


In 2013, Brookfield again saw a significant number of new businesses choose locations in the City.


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FedEx SmartPost - FedEx announced in October that it is moving the headquarters of its fast-growing SmartPost operations to 17950 W. Corporate Drive in the Brookfield Lakes Corporate Center. The 89,000 square foot building, owned by Hammes Company, was the largest available office building in Brookfield. The building is fully leased to FedEx, which will be moving its SmartPost operations in early 2014.


The City worked with a number of other firms on office expansions, including Adserts, Inc., QPS Employment Group and Superior Support Resources, Inc., as Brookfield's office market continued to see positive absorption and a decline in vacancy rates.



Capitol Drive Corridor -


The City of Brookfield began the process of updating the Capitol Corridor Study to plan for development and redevelopment along this strategic artery. Even as the Advisory Committee met, businesses chose sites along Capitol Drive:


Waukesha State Bank began construction of a new branch bank at 18300 W. Capitol Drive. The 5,500 square foot facility will feature drive through lanes, a drive-up ATM, and a community room available for use. 


Chick-fil-A announced its first locations in the Milwaukee area, including one at 12575 W. Capitol Drive. The 5,000 square foot building will include outdoor seating and a drive-through window. It will be just east of the Guaranty Bank in the Shopper's World retail center.


Xperience Fitness also completed build out of its 51,000 square foot facility at the Shopper's World center at 124th and Capitol, and opened for business.


Sendik's Towne Centre- leased space to several new (or relocated) tenants - Absolute Pilates opened in 1,600 square feet of space;  Georgie for Her and Her Home moved to a 4,000 square foot space, Polished Nail Bar leased a 3,300 square foot space, and Somerstone Properties leased 1,150 square feet of space. 


Mandel Group, one of Milwaukee's premier developers of apartments and condominiums, received approvals to develop two luxury apartment buildings at Sendik's Towne Centre. A site at the corner of Thomson Drive and Richland Parkway will be developed with 36 units in a three story building, while the site at Thomson Drive and Brookfield Road will see construction of a 20 unit two story building.


The Capitol West Plaza shopping center, at 17495 W. Capitol added several tenants in 2013. These included Cousin's Subs and Pizza Vino restaurants, Reef Pro tropical fish, and a new branch for WaterStone Bank.


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Exhibit Systems, Inc. completed renovations of its new headquarters at 12600 W. Burleigh, and opened the 46,000 square foot facility in May. Immediately west of Exhibit Systems, Wisconsin Firearms Training received approval to remodel a 13,000 square foot building at 12730 W. Burleigh for use as an indoor target range. Wisconsin Firearms Training will be re-cladding the exterior of the building.


Village Area -


The historic Village Area of Brookfield is located along Brookfield Road, south of Burleigh to just south of the railroad crossing. This area was the origin of settlement in 1836, and retains a number of historic buildings. In 2013, the City of Brookfield worked with the Brookfield Village, Ltd., a new business association, to host a number of events including a Thursday Farmer's Market, a Kid's Fest held in June at McCoy Park, and an Art & Spirit Crawl, held in the fall.


Several businesses chose Village locations in 2013. Goody Two Shooz, a retailer of upscale women's footwear, opened its Brookfield store in the historic Plank Hotel building at 2835 N. Brookfield Road in April.


Olive Promotions, a promotional products and apparel firm, completed improvements to its headquarters at 2965 N. Brookfield Road, and opened for business.



Biloba Brewing leased space at 18720 W. Pleasant Street, and began remodeling to accommodate Brookfield's first micro-brewery. Plans call for a tasting room that will be open to the public, and Biloba hopes to open early in 2014.


Hoffman Ave parking lot - to accommodate existing businesses, and encourage additional investment in the Village area, the City purchased two lots at 18725 W. Hoffman, just east of Brookfield Road. The home on the site will be demolished this year, and a municipal parking lot with 39 spaces will be developed. This will add to the existing inventory of on street parking and the municipal lot on Pleasant St.

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If you need any information for your business or for someone considering a business opportunity in Brookfield, contact:

Tim Casey
Economic Development Coordinator
City of Brookfield
2000 N. Calhoun Road
Brookfield, WI 53005-5095

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