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Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe announces new 12,000-square-foot retail center near Shawano


Leasing efforts underway, groundbreaking planned for fall  

BOWLER, WISCONSIN (August 25, 2016) – In line with its ongoing efforts to spur economic growth in North Central Wisconsin, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians announced today the development of a new 12,000-square-foot retail center located in the town of Belle Plaine, Wisconsin, outside of Shawano. The $1.3 million retail center will be located near U.S. Highway 29, on the corner of State Highway 22 and County Road CC, a highlytrafficked area that sees about 5,000 passenger cars per day.   

“As the largest employer in Shawano County, the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe is committed to being good stewards of our resources and good neighbors to our surrounding communities. We’re thrilled to develop our first off-reservation retail property near Highway 29, which is a critical economic artery for our North Star Mohican Casino Resort and countless other local businesses,” said Shannon Holsey, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council. “Thanks to the continued success of the North Star Casino – our Tribe’s primary source of revenue – we’re able to make these sorts of investments, which support the long-term prosperity of the entire North Central Wisconsin region.”   

Preparation work is being done at the site now and the foundation is expected to be poured soon, with exterior construction completed by the end of 2016. Leasing efforts are underway for retail and quick-service restaurant brands, and tenants will have input into the interior design of their respective spaces. 

The retail center can house up to five tenants, which are expected to bring a number of permanent new jobs to the area. Bayland Buildings, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, will serve as the general contractor for the project and estimates 15-20 construction jobs from the project. The majority of subcontractors and vendors for the project are based in the Northeast and North Central Wisconsin areas. 

Tribe officials are working closely with Belle Plaine town leaders, who fully support the new retail center. “This retail center will bring new jobs and increased shopping activity to the Belle Plaine and Shawano areas,” said Belle Plaine Town Chairman Alvin Bartz. “We expect this will spur other developments in the area and we applaud the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Tribe for their continued investment in the local communities surrounding their tribal lands.” 

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. at the site. View a rendering of the retail center here.  


About the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe

The Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Tribe is one of 11 tribes in Wisconsin and has approximately 1,470 tribal members throughout the state, 34 percent of whom live on the tribe’s reservation in Shawano County. The Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe is the largest employer in Shawano County and operates the North Star Mohican Casino Resort, which features 1,200 slot machines and 22 table games. The Tribe is committed to being a good steward of economic, environmental and intellectual resources in the region and strongly believes in the power of education. Each year, the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe contributes more than $100,000 in funding to the area’s two largest school districts and more than $200,000 to support neighboring communities and other Wisconsin Indian tribes. For more information about the Tribe, visit the website at