An Applebee’s restaurant with shutters has made room for a bench.
The popular Stevens Point, Wisconsin bar and grill closed abruptly in 2019 and has been vacant ever since.
Now, UW Credit Union hopes to open a branch in its place in late 2024 or early 2025.
After serving locals in the area for 22 years, Applebee’s Restaurant at 5609 Highway 10 East suddenly closed without notice.
A sign on the door announced it was permanently closed.
Traffic disruptions and the expiry of the lease were given as reasons for the closure.
All employees at the site were offered a transfer to another branch.
In an opinion on it News7 A spokesman said at the time, “The Applebee’s restaurant at 5609 Highway 10 East in Stevens Point closed on September 28, 2019.”
“We greatly appreciate the patronage of our neighbors over the past two decades and look forward to continuing to serve guests at nearby Applebee’s in Wisconsin Rapids.”
“All employees were offered positions at neighboring locations.”
The bank is currently in the design phase for the new branch, according to Brad McClain, the credit union’s CFO.
It is hoped that after working with the city and its committees in the fall, the union will receive all necessary reviews and approvals.
It is hoped that once the permits have been obtained, construction can begin in the first few months of next year.
Once the branch is open, Division Street branch staff will be transferred.
After that, the Division Street bank will be a drive-through branch with an interactive ATM, according to McClain.