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Public market idea and Shopko closing get City Hall attention



The idea of starting a public market in La Crosse is mostly focused on putting it downtown. 

Another possible site, however, has emerged in recent weeks: Bridgeview Plaza.

The closing of the north-side Shopko may open up new possibilities for a market, according to Andrea Schnick of the city planner’s office.

Schnick said the Shopko site also will be studied for possible office or residential use. 

Meanwhile, a citywide meeting on the public market proposal is scheduled for Feb. 6. Shopko is scheduled to close April 6. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Mary Maher-Lehmann

    January 25, 2019 at 8:37 am

    I think the best site for a City Market IS in downtown LaCrosse. We need to draw folks BACK to down town and a City Market would do that. I don’t know the name of the building but I know it has recently been up for sale. It is the lovely brick building on the corner of 5th and King, right across the street from Cameron Park. The building is close to Peoples Food Co op and people are accustomed to the outdoor Farmers Market in Cameron Park. We are excited to see what this City Market can bring to LaCrosse.

  2. Dawn Kinard

    January 25, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Thought K-Mart would be a great place as well. People without transportation need these places. Food Co-op, Festival OVER PRICED!

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