Two and half years later, the repercussions are still being felt, the most recent example coming out of Sheboygan:
Bon-Ton Stores Inc. today announced it will close its Boston Store Harbor Center location in Sheboygan.What they are saying is that they weren't making enough money to justify keeping the store open. And the reason they weren't making enough money is because the people don't have it to spend. Now another 80 people will lose their jobs.
The company will terminate its lease as of Jan. 31, 2014. The closing will impact approximately 80 employees.
The Bon-Ton acquired the leasehold interests in the Boston Store Harbor Center store as part of the Northern Department Store Group acquisition in 2006.
Brendan Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of Bon-Ton Stores, which operates headquarters in Milwaukee and York, Pa., said, "The company continually reviews the performance of its assets; as a result of these reviews, we made the decision to close our Harbor Center location. We invite our Sheboygan customers to shop with us at our remaining Boston Store and Younkers stores in the area as we will continue to provide great service and an outstanding merchandise assortment. We are very appreciative of the devoted Boston Store Harbor Center store associates and are committed to providing assistance to these associates."
Not only do we need a new governor, we need one that will change the way things are going. Sadly, I haven't seen that person step up yet.