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Sun Prairie Walmart to hire 85 employees for new location

Sun Prairie Walmart to hire 85 employees for new location

The Walmart in Sun Prairie will be hiring approximately 85 employees to work at the new Walmart location that is expected to open this winter, according to a release.

The store will be hiring both full- and part-time employees, said Sarah Voegeli, store manager.

“We are excited to add the first Walmart Supercenter to Sun Prairie and provide the community with a convenient, one-stop shopping experience for their grocery and merchandise needs,” said Voegeli. “The supercenter will bring additional quality jobs to the area with excellent advancement opportunities and great benefits.”

Applications will be accepted at a kiosk inside the existing location at 1905 McCoy Road from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays, according to the release. Applications will also be accepted online.

Madison-based dealership buys Sun Prairie franchise

A Madison-based car dealership said Wednesday it has acquired a new franchise in Sun Prairie.

Zimbrick Inc. said it acquired Stark Chevrolet in Sun Prairie, at 1877 W. Main St.

The new Zimbrick Chevrolet will offer new and used vehicles plus repair service on all makes and models, the company said in a news release. A body shop is also part of the acquisition.

Zimbrick said it will retain the Sun Prairie business’ 55 employees. The new dealership at 1877 W. Main St. will be managed by Steve Bell, a 22-year veteran of Zimbrick, the company said.

Zimbrick Inc., which has been selling cars in Madison since 1965, also owns more than a dozen vehicle franchises in the Madison area plus service departments and body shops.

Zimbrick said Stark Chevrolet in Stoughton is not affected by the Sun Prairie deal.

Natatorium closed during spring break

Facility to reopen April 1, director says   

The community-run Sun Prairie swimming facility will be closed during spring break, an official said.

Natatorium Director Angie Lucas said the Natatorium will close for eight days for maintenance through April 1, according to an e-mail message. The facility closed last Friday and staff are not available during the hiatus.

Business group discusses Dec. snow plowing, cost

Business Improvement District considers budget needs, plow contractor    

The nearly 20 inches of snow that stalled much business in the Madison area Dec. 20-21 was the topic of discussion at a recent Business Improvement District meeting on Jan. 3.

Committee board members voiced their opinions about the snow removal process that followed the big storm, which cost the BID $11,400, according to a Sun Prairie Star report.

One member, Forever Yours Jewelry co-owner Laurie Krueger, said her business was affected by late snow removal on pivotal pre-Christmas shopping days.

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‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.

Council OK’s Union Cab taxi contract

Acting on a recommendation from city staff and the Transit Commission, members of the Sun Prairie City Council on Dec. 18 approved a new two-year contract with Union Cab of Madison to provide the city’s rideshare taxi cab and corner mini-bus service.

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Flower biz freshens up downtown Sun Prairie

Flower biz freshens up downtown Sun Prairie

Prairie Flowers moved to a new location in March

"If you don’t use it, you lose it."

It’s a truism for small businesses on Main Streets around the country according to Dina Pocernich, owner of Prairie Flowers and Gifts in downtown Sun Prairie. She believes that communities' economic vitality is affected by where people choose to spend their money.

"We’re losing small businesses simply because they’re not being used. It takes making a choice, a choice to say, 'I’m going downtown to shop. If I want our economy to be vibrant, I need to be aware of that.'"

Fortunately for her, it seems that many people in her community understand that concept: a recent move to downtown Sun Prairie has strengthened business, Pocernich said.

“I’m proud we’re here and thriving,” she said. “People tell us we freshen up the downtown -- they’re thrilled and we’re thrilled.”