SHEBOYGAN — A facelift is in the works for the Oakland Center strip mall in the Conoco neighborhood on Sheboygan’s south side.
Jim Petr, owner of Milwaukee PC, owns the strip mall located near South Business Drive and Union Avenue. Before 2018, it had been previously owned by Convenient Video, Inc. which operated a Preferred Video store out of the building. Convenient Video was owned by the late Gordon Petherick, who also owned Quality State Oil Company. Petr could not be reached for comment.
The building, also known as the Olympic Press Building, has seen numerous additions and alterations over the years. The strip mall was originally built in 1945 with red brick with gray stone. The brick has been patched and tuckpointed in multiple locations, but the repairs are not a good match, and any remaining stone sills have been painted red. An addition at the south end of the building was constructed using red-colored concrete blocks with matching mortar and a band of gray concrete as a wainscot cap.
According to documents submitted to the City of Sheboygan, the Oakland Center’s exterior facing South Business Drive will have a uniformed appearance with updated signage. New, matching awnings will be also be installed. Petr is also planning new landscaping to remove overgrown trees and bushes.
Current tenants at the Oakland Center include China Star, Sheboygan Fit Body Boot Camp, Empower Nutrition and Vapin. The strip mall is also home to Ronnie’s Wingz & Thingz at the corner of South Business Drive and Oakland Avenue. The restaurant opened this year after Cousins Subs vacated the building, also owned by Petr. Cousins plans to build a new restaurant nearly one mile south on the site of the former Gilles Frozen Custard.
The former Mobile Petro Center located to the north of the strip mall is owned by Sheboygan Oil Company and is not connected to the Oakland Center or Petr.