By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Feb 24, 2015 at 6:12 AM

The first phase of construction officially begins today on an 85,000-square foot, two-level flagship Roundy's Metro Market in the Village of Shorewood.  Completion is estimated for January 2016.

The new facility will occupy two blocks between Kenmore and Olive Streets on the west side of Oakland Avenue, and will replace the current Pick 'N Save and empty former Schwartz and Walgreen's buildings.

The Pick 'N Save will close in May (or the end of April) and demolition will begin on that building. 

Demolition of the abandoned Walgreen's and Schwartz building will begin at approximately 8 a.m. today (weather pending) and will continue throughout the week. 

Traffic and pedestrian changes are also being made due to the closure of the western sidewalk along Oakland Avenue and the southern driveway into the Pick ‘N Save parking lot.  Due to increased use of the northern driveway and additional pedestrian traffic crossing Oakland to avoid the sidewalk closure, a four-way stop will be added at the Pick ‘N Save entrance located at Oakland Avenue and Wood Place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and vehicles. 

The main concern, say Village officials, is that store customers and "all residents have the safest experience possible."  Traffic solutions will be monitored to ensure effectiveness.

The development team includes General Capital, Brookfield-based Briohn Builders, Robert Joseph, Brian Miller and the Hoff Group.

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

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