By Tim Kowols
The city of Sturgeon Bay, the Door County Economic Development Corporation, and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will waste no time planning for the future of the Sturgeon Bay Younkers site. Younkers parent company Bon-Ton Stores announced Thursday it would close all of its locations nationwide as it heads into bankruptcy. Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Executive Director Pam Seiler says losing Younkers will be a huge void for the city’s downtown as the 100-year-old building took people back to a different time. She says all options will be on the table to fill it again.
The city, DCEDC, and SBVC have some time to plan as liquidation sales take place at Younkers locations with an August 31 deadline before the doors shut for good.