Streetwise: Technology savvy grocery stores, downtown movie theater and apartments

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Laura Schulte, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

What's happening in the business world of Wausau this week? 

That's what Streetwise aims to keep you updated on. I'm looking out for the scoop on new stores, restaurants and other businesses you should know about. And if something's closing? You can find that here, too. 

Each week, I'll collect the local business news of the week and give you a quick run-through of what's happening in the area. 

Here's the latest: 

Wausau to consider apartment complex at former site of Scott Street Pub

A high-end luxury apartment complex could be coming to the heart of downtown Wausau. 

The building, which would be built by Lokre Cos. of Plover, would be at 120 Scott St., the former home of the Scott Street Steak & Pub. 

There would be five floors and over 40 units in the residential part of the building, and the first floor would house 3,000 square feet of retail space. Underneath the structure would be parking. 

Lokre Cos. asked the city to sell the land for $500,000 and provide a $250,000 grant for site work, as well as $99,000 in tax refunds for 12 years. 

The Economic Development Committee on Thursday evening debated, but decided to withhold a decision, pending more information. 

Trig's, Lamb's grocery stores aim for convenience with pick-up, delivery

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Trig's currently only has one ToGo van at its Wausau location, but plans to add more. (Photo: Laura Schulte/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Small, locally-owned grocery stores in Wausau are fighting to stay relevant by allowing their customers to buy their items in advance, and either pick them up or even get them delivered. 

Trig's, 110 S. 17th Ave., and Lamb's, 730 E. Wausau Ave., now both offer easy-to-use online pages for ordering groceries. 

Trig's will deliver the groceries, for a small fee, and offers pick-up for free at their Wausau location. Lamb's offers pick-ups, for a fee, as well as a convenient app which allows you to scan items for coupons and discounts as you shop. 

Wausau reconsiders proposal for downtown theater in Wausau Center mall space

Micon Cinemas plans to work with Hoeft Builders to create 10 theaters and additional retail space. (Photo: Courtesy of the city of Wausau)

The plans for a downtown theater aren't quite dead yet. 

The city's Economic Development Committee on Thursday night voted to bring forward a new proposal for a downtown theater in the old Sears building, which is attached to the mall. 

The original agreement for the theater fell through earlier this fall, after the mall owner, Rialto Capital, and Micon Cinemas couldn't agree who would attend to the shared wall between the buildings. 

The city decided to revisit the theater idea because of a high level of community interest in having more entertainment downtown, said Christian Schock, Wausau's economic development director. 

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