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Swapping a strip club for Starbucks?


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The wrecking ball comes to a downtown Green Bay strip club next Thursday. 

The Body Shop closed its doors in July after being acquired by the city for around $180,000. 

The city also acquired the establishment’s entertainment license as well. 

The city had been looking at acquiring the property for awhile until the owner called out of the blue looking to sell. 

“That was a business in the downtown that I never liked, and I don’t think it fit for what we are trying to be in the downtown,” said Mayor Jim Schmitt.

Schmitt says the parcel is on a major street corner at Monroe Avenue and Main Street with Associated Banc-Corp.'s new headquarters nearby as well as the KI Convention Center. 

The lot, which includes some other adjacent city owned property, will become a parking lot that will be leased to a nearby business. 

The city has a grander vision for the site. 

“Could be developed into something with more of a retail presence, be it a Starbucks or you could assemble some land to get a better use there,” Schmitt said.

Schmitt says a Starbucks would be great and says the city is in dialogue with them on other locations. 

Any development on the site might not happen until after construction is finished next summer along Monroe Avenue.