People lined up outside the old KMart building at Losey Boulevard and State Road on Wednesday, but they weren’t waiting for a Blue Light Special.
Several dozen people gathered store that’s been vacant for four years, to offer ideas on how the building and parking lot could be used in the future.
Maybe another retail store, like a Costco? La Crosse’s city planner, Andrea Trane, told WIZM that the Costco chain is interested in this market, but wants a larger lot than the eight-acre KMart site.
There is a great need for our community for additional housing, affordable housing,” Trane said. “We would like to see things that are creating new jobs. Kmart was obviously a very key retail center for that neighborhood. I think, what I’m hearing from the neighbors, is they miss that. They miss those amenities that Kmart provided.”
Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions, a local developer, was on hand to talk with citizens with suggestions. The company has partnered with the owners of the site to put together a plan for development.
WIZM talked with Three Sixty owner Marvin Wanders about site development. You can read more about what Wanders had to say here, which includes hopefully renaming the area soon, so they no longer have to keep saying “the old Kmart site.”
The KMart operated for 52 years at that location until it closed in 2017. The old store was briefly used by U-Haul in recent months.