After eight years serving the public on Rhinelander's north side, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is hoping to move into the current Golden Harvest store on Coon Street.
Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says they've been looking for a new place for almost two years. The former Rueckert's grocery story is in need of about $150,000 in repairs and Hansen says another property can be found for about the same money. He says negotiations for the Golden Harvest building are nearing completion...
"...we have an accepted offer on the building. The closing date is November first. But we have to wait to take occupancy until they build a new building..."
Hansen says the current site is very crowded and is on two levels. The Golden Harvest store is on one level and would provide enough space.....
"....we have to do something. We either have to take over(the current site) which is a possibility. But for the same price for rejuvenating that building so it is more useable, the best option for us at that point seems to be to purchase the Golden Harvest building and move there...."
Hansen says there is much more parking and loading space at the Golden Harvest site. Pending the closing on November 1, Hansen says they would look to move sometime early next year.
A spokesperson at Golden Harvest says they are looking at a site near the Highway 8 bypass with county "G".
The Food Pantry also in the midst of a $150,000 capital campaign. More information is on the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry website.