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Big Changes Coming for Grand Avenue Mall Space

 In  the heart of downtown Milwaukee, buildings that house the Shops at Grand Avenue are at long last, getting new life thanks to a multi-million dollar investment. Developers are releasing those plans to the public on Monday but we got a sneak peek on Friday afternoon. 

Take a good look at the Grand Avenue Mall that you know right now-and know-that it won't look much like that in the future. 

Nearly 300,000 square feet of prime real estate in downtown Milwaukee, and the new owners say after having conversations with people who live down here, they want more than a mall.

Things like a grocery store, more sit down restaurants and entertainment venues. 

And while they say the mall will always have a retail component they hope to land a major anchor tenant; one that could even be a business looking for office space, providing hundreds of customers just steps from the new retail and restaurants they hope to open.

"More of a community gathering place with destination retail and attractions that draw people in and we'd like to see it be a source of pride and where people want to spend time not just in the middle of the day but through out the day," said Chuck Biller, who is one of the new owners. 

They hope Monday's meeting will spark interest in new tenants, and say depending on the market, you could see those new tenants in place by early next year. 

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