Downtown Eau Claire businesses forced to relocate

By: Rachel Minske
By: Rachel Minske

EAU CLAIRE, WIS Four local businesses are facing a fast approaching deadline: they must leave their current locations by March 31.

The businesses, all located on Barstow Avenue in Eau Claire, received a letter from their landlord in January that said the property had been sold and will be torn down for a redevelopment project. WEAU 13 News spoke with one of the business owners who said the letter came as a surprise. Despite the stress of moving her business to a new location, Melissa Kullman of Puckabee’s Canine Salon said she’s taking the move in stride.

"I'm stuck in this position,” Kullman said. “There's not a lot that I can do but just make the best of it and move forward. As for the move itself, I don't know that I'm looking forward to it. And I really like the space that I'm in. I really, really love it. I'm sad to leave, but such is life. I just have to make the best of the situation and move forward I guess."

The area on Barstow Avenue where Kullman’s business is located is designated to become part of the Confluence Project. The city and county will vote on the project April 1.


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