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La Crosse city council approves permit to demolish old Macy’s store at Valley View Mall

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FILE - The vacant Macy's store at Valley View may be replaced by restaurants and possibly a car wash.

A request to demolish the former Macy’s store at Valley View Mall was approved by La Crosse’s city council on Thursday.

Council members passed a resolution for a conditional use permit to let a developer replace the empty anchor store at the mall with three “quick-serve” restaurants, a car wash and about 100 more parking spaces.

A Raising Cane’s franchise, a Panda Express and a coffee shop are expected to be the restaurants.

The storefront was occupied by Dayton’s department store when the mall opened in 1980. Later it became a Marshall Field, Macy’s, and finally a Herbergers for a short time.

Macy’s left Valley View Mall in 2017.

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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