Woodman’s files suit for tax refund under ‘dark store’ argument

Freeman Staff

Oct. 18, 2017

WAUKESHA — Woodman’s Food Market filed a lawsuit against the city of Waukesha Monday for a refund of “excessive real estate taxes” imposed on the store in 2017.

Woodman’s is using the dark store theory, which allows big box stores to operate under the same property tax assessment of an empty or “dark” store. They are claiming that the city assessor’s office valued the property at $16.6 million in 2017 when it should have been assessed at $15 million.

Several others big-box retailers in Waukesha — and across the state — have claimed this and won a settlement for most of what they are asking for as a refund.

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