Sherper’s to be open for business in downtown Port next week

Outdoor clothing store will become first commercial tenant in multiuse building
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Sherper’s, an outdoor clothing and equipment store, is expected to open in downtown Port Washington next week.

Nate Sherper, vice president of the company, said Monday that construction of the retail store in the Harbour Lights building at the corner of Main and Franklin streets is about 75% complete.

There are still a few construction items to be completed and a final inspection to be done, he said, after which the shelving will be installed and inventory placed.

“It’s all ready to go,” he said of the store stock. “Our goal is to get product in at the end of the week, and we’ll be open sometime next week.”

Details are still being worked out for a planned kayak rental facility on south beach, Sherper said. The company recently received permission from We Energies to place a semi-permanent structure to facilitate the rentals.

“We’re not sure if that will happen this year,” he said. “It will happen for sure next year. But we are going to be renting kayaks and canoes out of the store, no matter what.”

Sherper’s, which announced in February it would open a store at 128 N. Franklin St., is leasing about 6,000 square feet of the Harbour Lights building, including the first floor of the former M&I Bank.

The retailer is based in Hales Corners and Oconomowoc and has been looking to open a third shop for several years, company officials said.

Port Washington’s vibrant downtown and broad range of recreational opportunities drew the company to the city, they said.

Sherper and his brother Rob are the fourth generation of their family in the business, which was started as a haberdashery in 1935.

After World War II, the store expanded to become more of an Army and Navy surplus store, company officials said, but it later took on more of an outdoors bent.

Sherper said that when the store opens, it will have an inventory of primarily summer products, but fall merchandise will be added in the coming weeks.

“It’s a good time for people to get an idea of everything we carry,” he said.

The store, which will initially be managed by Sherper and his brother, will have a staff of about 15 employees

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