By Roger Utnehmer
A local group comprised of interested citizens and elected officials is working to find a tenant for the soon-to-be-vacant Younkers department store properties in downtown Sturgeon Bay.
City Administrator Josh VanLieshout told members of the common council Tuesday that the Younkers properties were owned by a holding company and leased to Bon Ton. That company recently declared bankruptcy ending more than 100 years of doing business as a department store in Sturgeon Bay. Liquidation sales are in progress at the two Sturgeon Bay locations.
VanLieshout said the Sturgeon Bay Visitors Bureau organized a group that includes several members of the city council. The group is working on options for the Younkers properties. He said the lease agreement is now controlled by the liquidator who purchased the assets of Bon Ton and that there is interest in what the local group can bring forward.
VanLieshout told council members the city will be “ready and willing” when the time comes.