By Tim Kowols
The last shoppers in Younkers history in Sturgeon Bay walked away with deals for 50 cents Sunday, but also ushered in thoughts of what is next for the 3rd Avenue storefront. The store was an institution for the better part of a century before Bon-Ton stores announced all of its stores would close nationally by August 31. Sturgeon Bay resident Will Gregory says the mood was subdued on the store’s final night.
Gregory hopes the vacancy allows the city to reimagine what the space could be instead of pegging it for more retail. Members of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, Door County Economic Development Corporation, and the city have been meeting since April discussing the site’s future. SBVC Executive Director Pam Seiler says they have reached out to retailers like Kohl’s, Dillard’s and Duluth Trading Company to take a look at the property.
Seiler says the group plans on updating the Sturgeon Bay Common Council on their progress at an upcoming meeting.
Picture by Will Gregory