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Ask NOW: What's happening to Applebee's?

Applebee’s, 20101 W. Bluemound Road, could be part of the Corners development, if it can reach an agreement with Marcus Corp.

Applebee’s, 20101 W. Bluemound Road, could be part of the Corners development, if it can reach an agreement with Marcus Corp.

Jan. 29, 2014

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What will happen to Applebee's in light of the Corners project?

Question: With construction planned to begin this year on the Corners development at Bluemound and Barker roads, what will happen to Applebee's?

Answer: Although Applebee's likely will close when construction on the Corners begins, the restaurant's management hopes it will be able to stay and become part of the development, or at least not move too far away.

Tim Randall, chief legal counsel for Wisconsin Hospitality Group, which operates the Applebee's at 20101 W. Bluemound Road, said the group has been in discussions with Corners developer Marcus Corp., but has not yet been able to settle on an agreement.

Randall said if they can come to a favorable agreement, it would be ideal for Applebee's to be part of the Corners, a 19-acre, mixed-use apartment and retail project to be anchored by Von Maur.

"I think the Corners is a really intriguing project and will do lot for the Brookfield market in terms of jobs and retail activity," Randall said. "We're excited about it."

If the parties can't come to an agreement, Randall said the company will try to keep a restaurant in the city. The current location has been in operation since 1991.

"We absolutely want to continue to be a member of the community," Randall said.

Email Rory Linnane with your question at rlinnane@jrn.com.

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