“I was really hopeful they would sell to someone who would keep it going, particularly the Brookfield Boston Store which I understand has always been one of the more successful Boston Stores if not the most profitable,” said Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto.
Ponto watched closely as the mall recently replaced another anchor store, Sears, with a variety of commercial tenants. He’ll be doing the same with Boston Store as Brookfield Square Mall is the largest taxpayer in Waukesha County.
“I’m optimistic that we’ll find a very strong replacement,” Ponto said. “It’s a huge space, I could imagine more than one entity going in there.”
While Lagowski is sad to see her favorite store leave, she’s devastated for the friendly faces inside who will soon be looking for a new job.
“I think it’s going to be hard for them to find jobs in retail,” Lagowski said.
TODAY’S TMJ4 reached out to Bon-Ton Stores inquiring on when Wisconsin Boston Stores will officially close. We have not received a response. Boston Store employees have been told the bankruptcy sale is expected to take a few weeks to finalize.