Nordstrom opening department store at Mayfair mall by 2015

Nov. 29, 2012 12:10 p.m. | Nordstrom Inc. will open its first full-line Wisconsin department store at Wauwatosa's Mayfair mall in fall 2015.

The Seattle-based company announced Thursday plans to open a 140,000-square-foot, three-level store. It will be on the mall's east side, between Boston Store and Mayfair's six-story attached office building.

"We've heard from customers in the Milwaukee area for years that they would appreciate a store in their community," said Erik Nordstrom, company stores president, in a statement. "We're glad we have an opportunity to serve our customers, as well as those new to Nordstrom, in such a strong location as Mayfair."

Mayfair, owned by Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc., has more than 160 stores and restaurants. Nordstrom would be the mall's third department store anchor, joining Boston Store and Macy's.

"GGP is a terrific partner for us," Nordstrom said. "They operate great shopping destinations with a quality tenant mix. That's important to us in terms of giving customers a reason to shop at one particular location over another."

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Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Tosa police say shoplifters caught making a run for it in their Mercedes

Nov. 27, 2012 3:14 p.m. | A trio of alleged shoplifters tried to make a getaway but were nabbed by a nearby police officer.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two Milwaukee girls, ages 15 and 17, and an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman were arrested after trying to take multiple items from Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, at 5:43 p.m. Nov. 11.

The group allegedly walked through the store, taking a curling iron and multiple pairs of underwear, stuffing many items into their bras.

They were watched as they took the items and when they tried to leave the store, they heard an employee say, "Call security."

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Listen to WauwatosaNOW reporter talk about Eschweiler buildings on WUWM

Nov. 27, 2012 2:58 p.m. | Wauwatosa NOW reporter Jon Olson was on "Lake Effect," a radio program on WUWM 89.7 FM, to talk about the Eschweiler buildings.

Listen to Olson talk about the Eschweiler buildings here. Olson wrote a Reporter's Notebook column on his experience on a tour of the buildings in the Milwaukee County Complex earlier.

Police: Women admit to Goodwill theft after losing jobs

Nov. 26, 2012 4:48 p.m. | Two Milwaukee women, ages 54 and 48, told police they took $116 of clothing from Goodwill, 12121 W. Feerick St., at 5:29 p.m. Nov. 13 because they had lost their jobs and times are hard.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

After being asked about the items, both women admitted to taking the clothes. One said that she recently lost her job and was going to give some of the stolen goods to her granddaughter. The other said she also had lost her job and that she was going through a rough divorce.

The two women had an elaborate theft system, putting the items in purses on top of other items, doing a cart swap and having one of the women purchase some items.

Most of the items taken were clothing or shoes.

Alleged diaper thieves wanted in string of thefts from Pick 'n Save stores

Nov. 26, 2012 9:46 a.m. | Police say two girls and one man, all from Milwaukee, are wanted for a rash of thefts from Pick 'n Save stores across the Milwaukee area.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The three are wanted in an alleged theft of $516 worth of diapers and baby formula from Pick 'n Save, 1717 N. Mayfair Road, at 6:24 p.m. Nov. 13.

The 48-year-old man is shown on video surveillance guiding the girls, ages 12 and 14, to the aisle where the theft happened. He left the store shortly before the two took the baby formula and diapers.

The trio is wanted in multiple Pick 'n Save thefts on the Southeast side of Milwaukee.

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