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NEW: Gordy's liquor license hearing next week

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Gordy's Market is a step closer to re-entering the Eau Claire grocery game.

Tuesday morning, the Eau Claire License Review Committee met with Jeff Schafer to discuss a liquor license application for the Gordy's Market on Clairemont Avenue, which he wants to re-open. Schafer presented the committee remodeling and operation plans.

The license committee gathered information, and passed the license application on to the city council for possible approval, which it will take up at its meeting next Tuesday.

News 18 tried to talk with Schafer about the committee meeting and plans for the future store, but he said he will talk with us after the city council meeting.


(POSTED: May 9, 2018) Eau Claire (WQOW) - Gordy's Market has submitted paperwork with the City of Eau Claire to re-open one of its locations.

Next week, the Eau Claire License Review Committee will consider a liquor license application from Jeff Schafer, for the West Clairemont Gordy's Market location. That's the one in the Shopko Plaza. 

A business plan Schafer submitted to the city said the plan is to reopen the store at 1031 W. Clairemont Ave. as a traditional grocery store. They are expecting to hire 65 people and bring in $12 million in annual sales. 

You may remember that store closed on September 20 last year. It was the fourth and final location in Eau Claire to close its doors. 

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That move followed a series of closures in western Wisconsin, starting with the closure of the Hayward store in late July.

From then on, closures kept coming, and a number of lawsuits were filed by suppliers - most notably an $86 million lawsuit filed by Nash-Finch.

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In late August, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development sent out an alert saying 25 Gordy's sites may close within the following 60 days. 
The company entered into a receivership and its remaining stores were auctioned off. 

News 18 spoke with Jeff Schafer Wednesday afternoon. He wouldn't confirm or deny the application. He said he will give News 18 more information next week.

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Here is the Alcohol Beverage Retail License Application submitted to the City of Eau Claire by Jeff Schafer.

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