Business leaders fear new owners will shutter Telemark lodgeThe Cable business community is concerned the new owners of Telemark Lodge will close the resort.
By: Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The Cable business community is concerned the new owners of Telemark Lodge will close the resort.
Going by the corporate name Newco, LLC, the new owner of Telemark is a member of the S.C. Johnson Wax corporate family, so money or reputation is not at question in the sale of the 1,000 acre, 215-room Telemark Lodge and Resort. Telemark was sold Oct. 14 at a sheriff’s foreclosure auction. What is in question is if Telemark will be re-opened or shutdown.
Cable Chamber of Commerce Director James Bolen fears the historic venue — the starting point of the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race — will be closed.
“We have not yet been able to ascertain what their plans with the property are. I do know that their plans do not include re-opening the resort. So this is not a move by them to salvage or save Telemark.”
He says closing the resort would be a big blow to the region.
“We’re all anxious to see what exactly their plans are for the property going forward. It’s a major deal for our area so we’re all waiting anxiously.”
Rick Carpenter, a representative of Newco, says a series of meetings has been set over the next week with the Birkebeiner, the Chamber of Commerce and local business officials to determine Telemark’s future. While he says there are no plans to close Telemark, he also says there are no plans to keep it open. He says no decisions have been made.
Carpenter does say the owners are very conscious of the concerns of the Cable community.
Whatever the case, the Birkebeiner has an agreement to use the Telemark land for the start of next February’s race, but no guarantees after that.