Egg Harbor convenience store sold for new condo and retail development

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EGG HARBOR – The way is clear for a new condominium/retail mixed-use development downtown, after the sale of a longstanding business and its 97-year-old stone building was recently finalized.

Mueller’s Mini Mart convenience store is now closed, and its building will be retained and upgraded following its sale to The Residences of Egg Harbor, LLC, a consortium of four brokers and developers with Creative Business Services/CBS-Global in Green Bay.

Developers Tom Martin, Michael Schwantes and Bob Wolter of Green Bay-based Creative Business Services/CBS-Global completed their purchase of Mueller’s Mini Mart convenience store in Egg Harbor, with plans to redevelop the property into condominiums and retail space under the name The Residences of Egg Harbor. Shown from left in front of the store are Bob Mueller, Jr., Schwantes, Mary Mueller, Wolter and Martin. (Photo: Courtesy Creative Building Services)

The original proposal for The Residences, announced in January, called for a three-story structure with five retail units on the lower level and 27 condos on the top two floors, with climate-controlled underground parking (which would have been the first in the county) and a rooftop deck.

The version of the plan approved by the village will see two street-level retail units, one incorporating the stone building, and 14 two- and three-bedroom luxury condos, but without the rooftop deck.

Also, the underground parking is no longer part of the plan, mainly because outdoor ground-level parking will be sufficient with the reduction in tenants and retailers, said Bob Wolter, a partner in the project with Michael Schwantes, Tom Martin and Mike DeCleene.

“(Underground) parking would be cost-prohibitive,” Wolter said. “When we reduced the size of the project, we didn’t need underground.”

Another change from the first proposal is keeping intact the stone structure that housed the minimart. It was built by Herman Birnschein in 1923 for his Point Beach Service Station, and Birnschein operated there until the Mueller family bought it in 1968 as the location for their Mueller Bros. Standard gas station and repair shop. The Muellers converted the business to the mini-mart in 2001, and its closure marks the end of a 52-year run under the Mueller name.

The project originally called to use the minimart’s stones prominently in the design, but the village asked the developers to maintain the building when granting permission for the project.

“We’re going to make improvements in (the stone building),” Wolter said. “It’ll get a little bit of a face lift on the inside, some upgrades (to meet building codes). It will be a retail unit.”

Green Bay-area contractor Bayland Buildings will begin construction of The Residences in the coming spring, with completion scheduled for spring 2022.

Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected]

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