SHEBOYGAN – Northgate Shopping Center was hailed as Sheboygan’s first modern shopping center when the land opened in 1954 on the original 12-unit center.
Built by American Shopping Centers, Inc., Northgate had in its heyday a national grocery store, WT Grant and Woolworth variety stores, a large women’s clothing store Three Sisters, the Grube pharmacy, hardware store, bakery, shoes, laundry, as well as a beauty and hair salon.
Quasius Bros. Construction would build the center, which would have a total area of over 28,000 square feet.
When the construction contract was awarded, they expanded the center to 18 stores from the original 12.
The center featured a black-roofed parking lot for 500 cars.
In the 1950s through the 1960s, the shopping complex was popular with the public, but as the 1970s approached, things weren’t going too well for the shops.
In 1971, several stores closed under pressure from other stores in Memorial Mall on the west side of town.
Local company RBA Inc., run by Robert Rindt, purchased the center in 1972 from the owners of the company, making it the first time the center was locally owned.
In the 1998 flood, the parking lot was inundated and Gosse’s food stand was damaged.
In the early 2000s, plans were rolled out to redevelop the property. In 2002, the original buildings were demolished and construction of the current building complex began. A service station was built with buildings oriented differently from the old center.
The Department of Natural Resources became concerned about the land, which was once a garbage dump, but these issues were eventually resolved and the complex was built.
Today, Tietz’s Piggly Wiggly anchors the current center.
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