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Shopping carts, bakery equipment among closed Blue Goose market items up for auction – Shaw Local

The contents of the now-closed Blue Goose Market in St. Charles are being auctioned off while the future of the property remains uncertain.

Bakery and delicatessen equipment, frozen food doors as well as shopping carts and baskets are among the more than 1,100 individual items that are part of the auction. Blue Goose closed in March after more than 90 years in business.

“We need to liquidate the equipment to do our best to take care of Blue Goose’s creditors, which is a normal process,” Blue Goose Market President and CEO Paul Lencioni said Friday. “It’s not associated with how the property can develop.”

Grafe Auction conducts the online auction on its website, grafeauction.com. The public can preview and inspect items from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 29.

The auction will begin to close at 9 a.m. on August 30. Questions can be directed to Ben Grafe at 507-273-3507.

Grafe Auction also ran an online auction of thousands of items from the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles after the iconic resort closed in March 2020 following an unsuccessful attempt to auction off the resort. . It opened in February 1963 and was annexed by the city in 1965.

Lencioni had said a number of factors contributed to the store’s closure, including the pandemic and supply chain issues. And like other companies across the country, Blue Goose was experiencing an employee shortage.

In 1928, Annunciata “Nancy” Lencioni, her great-grandmother, opened the Blue Goose Fruit Market. Blue Goose had been to various locations around town and moved to its newest location at 300 S. Second St. in downtown St. Charles in 2008.

Lencioni, who was elected to St. Charles City Council last year, wants to preserve some of the store’s history.

“We are looking to donate the goose sculpture from the top of the building to the St. Charles Park District,” he said. “It’s something that can last.”

While talks are still ongoing, Lencioni said he hopes the building will remain a grocery store.

“It’s my biggest wish for the property to remain a supermarket and I’ve worked really hard to make that happen,” Lencioni said. “There are things happening that I’m very excited about, but that I can’t talk about yet.”

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