Georgetown Square had its first groundbreaking in 1968, when Tom Jehl pioneered the fast -growing northeast section of Fort Wayne by building the first section of Georgetown that included Lincoln Bank, Rogers Market, and 14 stores. As northeast Fort Wayne continued to grow, so did demand for more retail space and Georgetown grew and grew and became the premier retail hub for the healthy, vibrant neighborhood that it is today.
Recent major changes to Georgetown: Kroger tripled its original Rogers store in 2000. The Georgetown Library has also been rebuilt in 2002 and expanded. Other major expansions and remodeling have occurred since 2000 at Ziffles, Cap n' Cork, Dollar General, Women's Health Advantage, Wells Fargo Bank and the Georgetown Bowl.
Tom Jehl's dream of a vibrant shopping hub was joined by his brothers Leo and Paul as the center grew to over 250,000 sq ft. by 1977. Today, Tom's son Steve continues management of the Square as he has since 1981. He is joined by his sister Maureen Partee who handles advertising, promotions, concerts and the popular Farmers Market. Steve's son, Russ, handles leasing from his office at the Bradley Company.
The success of Georgetown Square has helped the Jehl family to be financially generous to many local causes including the Lifetime Sports Academy, University of St. Francis, Georgetown Little League, and Fort Wayne Parks Department.