By Roger Utnehmer
Sturgeon Bay city council members got a “good news and bad news” report about efforts to attract retail businesses Tuesday. Prompted by the recent closing of the downtown Younkers department store, a Sturgeon Bay Retail Attrraction Strategy is being drafted in a collaborative effort between the city, Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Sturgeon Bay Visitors Bureau. DCEDC Executive Director Jim Schuessler cited some challenges.
SBVB Executive Director Pam Seiler shared assets. Seiler mentioned several factors that make Sturgeon Bay attractive, including local officials who want to see future growth. Schuessler stated that there is definite interest in the Younkers properties and the group is developing a list of prospective occupants.