Itâ€™s a bit of a marquee corner in Downtown Milwaukee, that of the Century Building on Wells and Old World Third Streets.Â
For more than 50 years, two floors of 240 W. Wells St. were home to Radio Doctors and Records, Ltd.Â In its heyday in the late 1970s, it housed one of the largest collections of records and tapes anywhere and in a 1979 news report Stuart Glassman, president of the company, said it was the "largest single unit store of its kind in the United States.â€¨
Times, though, have changed. Radio Doctors was sold and closed in 1991. Today, the lower level space that once occupied Radio Doctors is available.Â Avis recently closed and moved its location there so the vacant corner is calling out for a new tenant.Â
What works there?Â The area it's in, Westown, is growing its residential base and needs to continue to meet the needs of Downtown dwellers.Â It lacks a coffee shop other than the wonderful Stone Creek sky walk location at Grand Avenue and other amenities.Â How about a City Market?Â New Colectivo?Â
Thoughts?Â Itâ€™s a historic Milwaukee corner and it needs a new tenant.
a picture of the old Radio Doctors would have been cool, rather than four pics of the shuttered Avis.
Arin Bert just next door has a small coffee shop that serves Alterra / Collectivo, so that wouldn't make sense... although they should advertise that a bit more.
This spot would be great for a real, honest deli, with breakfast, sandwiches, soups, and some inventive specials. Philly Way tried it meekly a couple years back, but never gave it a real shot. However, food traffic in this area is still minimal, so businesses struggle.
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