Letter to the editor: send them back to Toy Land

There seems to be a lot of excitement about the impending arrival of a Fleet Farm store – the store that once offered what you were looking for.

During the 1970s and 1980s, family farms were located literally a few miles from Door County – farms owned by families for generations. At that time, Fleet Farm was a reliable source of supply for farmers, and farmers begged the chain store to consider coming to Door County. At that time it would have been a good investment, but Fleet Farm declined, stating there was not enough interest for the company to consider investing in the area.

Now, isn’t part of the proposed construction site part of family farmland? Today, with the number of small family farms in the region drastically reduced, Fleet Farm executives believe it’s a good fit. (The biggest mega-farms don’t support Fleet Farm because the stores don’t carry enough supplies for them. They use other outsourced delivery companies.) So why would it be a good choice now?

Currently in this area of ​​Sturgeon Bay there are two gas stations all closed, vacant commercial space and other businesses struggling to find and retain reliable help to keep them open and operating for their normal hours. Still, there’s excitement about Fleet Farm’s arrival in Door County. Go on!

How long did it take to fill the empty Kmart building? Subway? Hardee’s (although now demolished), among others that are speckled around the area?

Hindsight would indicate that it would be the same scene with the potential Fleet Farm building. (You know the saying, “Hindsight is 20/20.”) If there’s a need for anything on the west side, turn one of the empty gas stations into a small grocery store.

Put more common sense into thoughts and planning. The county can’t build “affordable” housing fast enough to meet demand and keep people here locally. Those who are here 24/7/365 are struggling. A new building would simply – and quite quickly – become a vacant building.

Without the people, Door County could not continue to be Door County.

Julie Kroll

Brussels, Wisconsin

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