The former Gander
Mountain building is seen Tuesday afternoon in
John Ehlke/Daily News
GERMANTOWN — A former big-box retail space in Germantown
that once housed Gander Mountain could soon be
repurposed for an expanded resale shop operated by
Habitat for Humanity.
Details of the thrift shop, ReStore, were discussed at a
village Plan Commission meeting Monday and are moving
forward to the Village Board next week with a favorable
Gander Mountain announced plans of closing its
W190 N10768 Commerce Circle, in March
2017 as the company entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy and
subsequently shuttered all of its stores.
In the near two years since, the retail space has been
sitting dormant, awaiting its next long-term tenant.
“We’ve had occasional tenants, including the Halloween
Store,” said Jeff Retzlaff, the village’s planning and
zoning administrator. “But there’s been nothing
permanent since Gander Mountain.”
Habitat currently has a ReStore thrift shop near the
former Gander Mountain in a multi-tenant complex at
N10707 Maple Commerce Circle. The organization’s current
retail space in Germantown is a fraction of the size of
Gander Mountain, which clocks in at 31,080 square feet.
According to details submitted to the village, Habitat
plans to continue operating the Germantown thrift shop
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The organization’s business proposal states proceeds
benefit Habitat’s efforts in Washington and Dodge
Donations, which are a pivotal part of the operations
plan, will continue to be accepted at the new Germantown
location, though drop-offs will now be taken inside the
Donations currently are received outside the current Maple Commerce Circle
building because of cramped quarters.
While noting Habitat’s laudable mission and the
lifeblood ReStore retail sites play into it, village
officials are attempting to put in place safeguards to
ensure unwanted items do not result in an unsightly
appearance. Plans call for putting stipulations in a
“Staff recommends that, if approved, the CUP be used to
require the Habitat ReStore operation to diligently
monitor and establish procedure to mitigate, if not
prohibit, after-hours donations of unusable and
unsightly items at the new facility,” Retzlaff wrote in
He added, “This has been a problem at the existing
location, likely due to the relatively small building
Also Monday, commissioners gave a favorable
recommendation to a proposed business known as Redline
Canine Training Center and Behavioral Consultation.
Owner Lynne Luckow has submitted plans to operate the
business within a multi-tenant building at W188 N11786
Luckow said Redline intends to have a multipronged
business plan, including one-on-one specialty training
services for canines. Also in the works, Luckow said, is
a community outreach component that would offer
interested dog owners informational sessions on
interacting with their four-footed friends.
Commissioners expressed concerns of potential noise
disturbances. While she could not guarantee noise would
not be emitted from the facility, Luckow said she
anticipated it being minimal.
“It’s not like a daycare, where you’ve got multiple dogs
running around,” Luckow said of her operations plan. The
Village Board will take up and make a final
determination on the Plan Commission’s recommendations
at its meeting Monday.