Welcome Zach Szymik, the new owner of 712 S Military Avenue.
It may be a strange time to open a business but car repair never stops. (dang it!) In fact, this could be the perfect time to get that work done that you have been putting off. You’re driving less and have more time to focus on maintenance.
Zach took over the former Naniot’s Auto Service after Bob retired in March 2020. He is no stranger to the automobile business. He also owns a car lot and auto repair on the east side of Green Bay.
The ole’ guys are still in the shop on Military and waiting for you to stop by. A new phone number may have confused a few people. Try 920-857-1008 to set up an appointment! Zach also plans a face lift for the shop.
As we all work to conform to our new norm of social distancing and “Safer at Home” orders, food is one thing we all still need. Military Avenue is a great location to find food. Take home and make it, or get it to-go, we have many options.
Click on the Business name below to link to their Facebook page. Businesses, restaurants, and the markets are still offering an abundance of food for you! As we all take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, click their link, call ahead, or drive by to find out the details of service for each business.
This is a list of businesses with food that are open on Military Avenue! 4/20/2020.
Military Avenue Restaurants Open for To-Go Food
Quick Food and Fast Food Stops
Military Avenue Grocery Store and Market Type Food
The businesses, offices and restaurants on Military Avenue want you to know that they are open for business!
We will continue to offer the great services you have come to expect, just in a new way.
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, we have taken extra measures to clean, practice social distancing, limit the number of people gathering, and still offer you the things you want and need. In fact, we hope that you will continue to shop at our many service, retail, office, and restaurants while we work through this uncertain time. We are working together for the good of all.
Based on the State guidelines, businesses are practicing social distancing. This is a recommendation of staying 6 feet away from others and avoiding contact. Avoid hand shakes or people that are sick or sneezing.
If you are in the high-risk group, you need to be extra careful. Most of our businesses will come to your car, find a delivery option, or instruct you how to work with them on-line or over the phone. There really are many options for still getting the things you need. Even Alderman John Vander Leest, has offered to help out where needed.
All restaurants must only offer take out food as to not subject a group of more than 10 to gather. They will be very accommodating to your needs as we all want this to work for everyone. Drive-up, pick-up, delivery to your home, are options at most of the Military Avenue restaurants. Hours have been shortened for some, so call ahead.
The Winter Market on Military is looking at a call or email order system for your products. If you need some of your regular market items, email us at Director@MilitaryAve.org or call 920-544-9503 to place an order. The details are still being worked out for a drive-through market pick up.
The main point is that we are working together for the good of all, and we want to make sure you can relax and know that someone is here to help you get the services and supplies that you need. Look out for your friends and neighbors and always play it safe!
www.MilitaryAve.org – 920-544-9503 – FB Military Avenue Business District
The PlaGrnd urban clothing store is one of the first in the area.
Located at 1489 W Mason Street in the Green Bay Plaza and on-line
Are you looking for something unique? PlaGrnd has premium clothing at great prices. It will be hard to chose from the fun designs and colors.
PlaGrnd is a colorful clothing store that recently opened a location in the Green Bay Plaza and also has an online store.
They carry a variety of high quality, boutique clothing for men and boys. The street-ware styles are popular with the young urbanites and cutting edge, fashion conscience people. The store owner, Synika, plans to add to the collection as he gets more established.
“No other store carries these jeans.” Synika said, referring to the distressed, dyed, and funked up denim. Jeans run from $65 to $125, which is a steal for this style. If you talk to him, he can make a deal with you to get a complete new wardrobe. He is very knowledgeable about what is available and can customize it just for you.
PlaGrnd also has local art for sale. Prints, originals and stickers by local artists are part of the decor and the merchandise. Even some of the clothing is designed by local clothing designers.
They are currently open from 11-8 PM at 1489 W Mason, near Papa Murphys. Stop by to see them! Plagrndclothing.com
A fourth location on Military Avenue will house two large pet play areas, one for little pups and one for the big dogs. A grooming station is also in the works.
Golrusk Pet Care Center has a philosophy that “Pets are Family!”
For 45 years the Grosskopf Family and Golrusk Pet Care Center have been an industry leader in pet care for the Green Bay area. In 2012, Ken and Jan’s daughter Tera and her family took over the Golrusk Pet Care Center family business and just opened this beautiful west side play area.
Call them to schedule a visit! Your pet will thank you!
Kent Hutchinson is painting a watercolor style mural done in acrylic, that was selected by the owner, on the side of the building at 124 S Military Avenue. The new tea house and spa owner is adding to the beautiful Zen gardens with this artistic mural. As our weather cooperates, there will soon be outside seating in the peaceful, minimalist, Zen like garden.
In addition to tea, frozen custard, and healthy drinks, they also serve Vietnamese Coffee. (Also called Cà phê Sữa đá.) This Vietnamese coffee is rich, super flavorful, and sweet with just a tiny hint of hazelnut. It is perfect on a hot or cold day. Either iced or hot.
You can have a tea or coffee while you visit the spa area that features manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing, and the most unique salt room. RELAXED is the word you will use after time here.
The artist, Kent Hutchinson, is an active community member and creative collaborator. Kent serves as chair on the Green Bay Public Arts Commission and organizes the STEAM events held at the Neville Museum. STEAM adds the A for Art to Science – Technology – Engineering – and Mathematics. “A comprehensive understanding of the STEAM disciplines makes us smart while an understanding of how these disciplines can be interwoven and combined makes us wise.” Kent’s incorporation and encouragement of art in our everyday life is evident in many Green Bay locations.
Visit the Q-Tea House to see the positive development of including art on Military Avenue.
After filing Chapter 11 in mid January, Shopko has started to close it’s first ever Military Avenue store. The first signs to appear are 10%-30% off.
This hometown store was a staple in the neighborhood for over 50 years. “All the things I grew up with are leaving,” said a man standing in front of the store.
After over 50 years of business, changes in ownership, and adding hundreds of stores across the country, that is not a bad “success story” for a business that started with one store in April of 1962. Things change and so do our shopping habits. Retail business is a very competitive market and the model they were using was not working anymore. That said, they were a great business for many years. Based on visual observations, they were still successful with the pharmacy and eyeglass departments.
As they wind down over 100 store closings including the Military Avenue Store #1, you will see discounts. They set April 15th as the last day in our district. Others will be phased out as early as February 15th.
In the restructuring allowed in a Chapter 11 filing, they will try to operate on a smaller scale and sell off aspects of the company. All of that will be watched and then the courts will determine if they are allowed to stay in business or will need to make plans for further closings and liquidation. That deadline is coming in the middle of March.
Change is hard and a lot of long time employees will need to find work. Those are two of the worst parts of Shopko’s closing. And, a lot of walking customers will now need to travel further but there are still accessible pharmacies.
If you have ideas or gaps in services you will face on Military Avenue, or if you have thoughts for a good business to located in that high traffic part of Military Avenue, let us know. Email to Director@militaryave.org.
As I discussed our Military Avenue wish list with the Green Bay Press Gazette, I knew that one of our long time businesses was struggling.
Shopko opened it very first store on Military Avenue in the early 1960’s and went on to expand across the upper midwest. It is sad to see the closing of the Military Avenue store, slated for April 15.
Changes in the shopping patterns of people has put pressure on retailers to change. With a booming pharmacy and eye glass center, Shopko couldn’t keep the rest of the store floating. As they close, I can only hope that the space they now occupy will become more vibrant and create a destination for people to come to Military Avenue.
Not only was the Shopko store a staple in our district, the Shopko Foundation was also a supporter of our farmers market. We will miss Shopko. It is unclear how the chapter 11 restructuring will play out but closing the Military Avenue store most likely means that they will not be located here anymore. The property is owned by a different party so they should be able to move ahead without any delays from the chapter 11 filing.
To read the wish list article, click the link below.
As for our wish list, I wish for a vibrant new business or activity venue to come into the district and fill some of the empty spots. A commercial kitchen with start up restaurants would be a great fit for the former Old Country Buffet space. And new businesses needing to test their product or service can find a short term lease on Military Avenue with our Pop-Up program.
Suggestions on what businesses are wanted in the district is helpful. Please send me your suggestions and I will pass them on to the property owners. firstname.lastname@example.org is the email.
This could be your new business space. 838 – 842 S. Military Avenue
The building has great visibility on the busy Military Avenue on Green Bay’s west side. By June of 2019, the entire 8,064 sq. ft. space will be available for sale or lease. It currently has temporary, moveable walls in 5,964 sq. ft. that is available now.
The owner has the property listed on Co-Star for $499,900 with possible seller financing available.
Within the Military Avenue Business Improvement District, you can qualify for low interest loans and facade grants to work with this space. The potential for redevelopment of the area is great and the former Sears building, located right across the street, will be seeing changes too.
Contact the property owner Jerry or Military Avenue, Inc. at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-544-9503.
The new owners of Market Square want to showcase the mall on this very visible and busy corner.
The Market Square, positioned at the intersection of Shawano and Military Avenues, has had long term endcap tenants – Toppers Pizza and UPS. There are also a few vacant spots for your new business including a turn key restaurant space.
A click on This link will walk you through the restaurant space that has many of the cooking hoods and booths still in place. This perfect space for a restaurant is 4,167 square feet. Other spaces can be rented from 1,200 sq. ft. to 7, 350 sq. ft.
Along with new ownership, a newly surfaced lot and landscaping will spruce up the mall. Available space is being rented by Kevin at MLG Commercial.
This property shares the intersection with McDonalds, Perkins, and a multi unit office complex. Just around the corner is the famous Pancake Place and BMO Harris Bank. Military Avenue is home to two hometown success businesses of Shopko and H.J. Martin and Sons. The Business Improvement District works with all the area businesses to offer joint advertising, event planning, banners, flowers and holiday decorations. As a business in this district, you can be part of a team of experienced business and property owners that work together for the good of the district.
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425 S. Military Avenue Suite 206 Green Bay, WI 54303