H.C. Prange Co.
was a regional department store
chain begun by Henry Carl (H.C.)Prange. It had at its peak 25 stores in Wisconsin
, and Illinois
. Prange's department store unit had 1991 sales of about $229 million. The division had 18 stores in Wisconsin, five in Michigan and two in Illinois, with a total of about of retail space.
H.C. Prange's flagship store, which was in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, today operates as Boston Store and formerly Younkers (the building was reconstructed in 1984 after a water main break in 1982 forced demolition of the old flagship store). Their largest store was in Green Bay's Port Plaza Mall. The H.C. Prange Co. also operated a chain of discount stores known as Prange Way, and a chain of boutiques known as id Boutique.
The H.C. Prange Co.'s 25-unit department store division was purchased by Younkers, Inc. for $67 million in 1992. Younkers also assumed about $9 million in liabilities of the division.
- Eau Claire - London Square Mall (later Younkers, now HOM Furniture)
- Fond du Lac - Forest Mall (now Younkers)
- Green Bay - Port Plaza Mall (combined with Prange Way; later Younkers, now closed)
- Greendale - Southridge Mall (originally Gimbels, later Marshall Field's, then Prange's; later Younkers, now Linens 'n Things & Steve & Barry's)
- Manitowoc - Edgelake Plaza (now Younkers)
- Marinette - Pine Tree Mall (now Younkers)
- Marshfield - Northway Mall (now Younkers)
- Milwaukee - Northridge Mall (originally Gimbels, later Marshall Field's, then Prange's; later Younkers, now vacant)
- Oshkosh - Park Plaza Mall (later Younkers, now closed; mall now an office complex)
- Sheboygan - Downtown (later Younkers, now Boston Store)
- Sturgeon Bay - Downtown (now Younkers)
- Superior - Mariner Mall (now Younkers)
- Wausau - Wausau Center (now Younkers)
- Wisconsin Rapids - Rapids Mall (now Younkers)