Commitment to Community through Real Estate Development

Commitment to Community through Real Estate Development

Posted on January 20, 2023 by

H.J. Martin and Son is not only committed to their customers, vendors, and employees, but to the growth of their local community as well. Through development within the Military Avenue Business District (where H.J. Martin and Son is headquartered) and other areas within the Green Bay community, H.J. Martin and Son has revitalized areas that sat vacant for years, created jobs, increased property values, inspired economic health and lead with an opportunistic mindset.

The following projects have been developed within the past few years. These are the combined efforts of a number of people, and we are proud of the impact already seen within our community.

Multiple Tenants – 1616 West Mason Street, Green Bay, WI

Cub Foods occupied the 75,000 square foot building until it closed in 2009, and then the building sat vacant for three years. H.J. Martin and Son’s real estate entity purchased the property in February of 2012 and ultimately lead a three-tenant buildout.

  • Burlington – A national department store retailer that occupies approximately 40,000 square feet and opened in October of 2013.
  • Michaels – A national retailer specializing in arts, hobby, and home supplies that occupies approximately 25,000 square feet and opened in April of 2014.
  • Petco – A national retailer specializing in the health and wellness of pets; H.J. Martin and Son built a demising wall to accommodate Burlington’s request for less square footage and added Petco to the approximately 16,000 square feet of existing space and opened in August of 2022.

Bellin Health Ambulatory Surgery Center905 Waube Lane, Ashwaubenon, WI

This property was originally home to Menards, which closed in 2012 and then sat vacant for four years. H.J. Martin and Son’s real estate entity purchased the property in 2016 and formed a partnership with Bellin Memorial Hospital in conjunction with the Strohschein Family in 2019. Bellin Hospital then announced its plans in December of 2021, to build a five-story, 262,000 square-foot surgery center.

Old Shopko & Outparcel – 216 Military Ave., Green Bay, WI

The very first Shopko (store #1) was built back in the early 1960s and remained in business until the chain began closing its stores in 2019. This property, along with Superior Liquor, was purchased by H.J. Martin and Son’s real estate entity in March 2020. This 125,468-square-foot Shopko building remained vacant for a year while the search for new tenants continued.

In Fall of 2021, a buildout at Shopko was completed for two tenants: H.J. Martin and Son (for a hands-on & in-class training facility and warehouse space) and Bellin Memorial Hospital (offices, storage, and an area for servicing home medical equipment).

Moving forward, there are continued initiatives for the ongoing development of the outparcels.

Planet Fitness – 1640 West Mason Street, Green Bay, WI

This 47,762 square foot building was home to Toys “R” Us, which closed in June of 2018 and then sat vacant for nearly two years. H.J. Martin and Son’s real estate entity purchased the property in April of 2020 with the plan to find a tenant and complete a buildout. That tenant was Planet Fitness, who previously occupied space just further west on West Mason Street. H.J. Martin and Son was the general contractor for the buildout and Planet Fitness opened in December of 2020. In preparation for future outparcel development, a year later, in December of 2021, the subdivision allowed for two outparcels, which eventually became Arby’s and Scooter’s Coffee.

Arby’s – 1630 West Mason Street, Green Bay, WI

This outparcel was an opportunity to bring business to an otherwise unused area of the Planet Fitness parking lot. In August of 2021, H.J. Martin and Son signed a long-term lease agreement with Arby’s. Just 6 months later, construction began, with H.J. Martin and Son serving as the general contractor. The 26,825 square foot fast food restaurant opened in September of 2022 and is quickly living up to its rank as “second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world.”

Scooter’s Coffee – 1632 West Mason Street, Green Bay, WI

Hand in hand with the Arby’s development was the opportunity to bring in Scooter’s Coffee to occupy additional unused Planet Fitness parking lot space and bring more business into the area. The long-term lease agreement was signed in August of 2021 and construction began in Spring of 2022. The coffee shop, named with a nod to keep customers happy by helping them “scoot in and scoot out,” opened in August of 2022, one month prior to the Arby’s opening.

Mangiare – 121 North Adams Street, Green Bay, WI

121 North Adams Street has been home to a number of downtown Green Bay businesses over the years, most notably Candlestick Lounge (also referred to as “The Candlestick”). H.J. Martin purchased the building and served as the General Contractor to overhaul the building. The space is currently home to Mangiare, an Italian restaurant known for its classic Italian menu and expansive wine list. Prior to opening, H.J. Martin and Son was involved from both a design and contractor standpoint. Working with the owner, H.J. Martin and Son’s own interior designer provided direction and insight on finishes and overall aesthetics in the restaurant, while the the company’s commercial flooring and walls & ceilings divisions completed the remainder of the updates.

Other Notable Projects

H.J. Martin and Son has a long history of development, beyond the projects noted above. Additional development within the area includes the old S & L Chrysler building (a car dealership) located at 225 Military Avenue, Green Bay, which is now Bay Area Diamond Company (specializing in engagement rings and other fine jewelry) and the H.J. Martin and Son Floorcare division. Western Lanes, a bowling alley located at 904 South Taylor Street in Green Bay, was redeveloped into Rasmussen University, an educational facility with more than 50 career-focused programs in nursing, business, technology, and more.

If you are interested in partnering for future development within the area, please contact David Martin at [email protected] or 920-490-3104.

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