It was a double whammy this week for local shoppers as two Burlington stores announced major changes.

Stock+Field, formerly Big R, announced that it will close all 25 of its stores – including the one in Burlington’s Fox River Plaza – after filing for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy Sunday.

On Tuesday, locally owned Pharmacy Station announced that it will cease pharmacy operations at its three area locations, but continue to operate the gift and specialty shops.

The recent struggles for the stores and the reasons behind them are among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:


  • FIRE AT THE APPLE ORCHARD: A fire destroyed a historic barn at Ela Orchard in Rochester Tuesday. The blaze put an early end to the season for the apple orchard, which is now focusing on pulling the pieces together for a reopening next season.
  • CAR THIEVES CHARGED: An 18-year-old Milwaukee man who is an alleged member of a car theft ring has been charged for his role in stealing a total of three vehicles from separate residences in Burlington and Waterford in November. Alias Trevino was charged Jan. 8 in Racine County Circuit Court for his role in the thefts. He is one of three men facing charges in connection with the thefts.
  • LOOP COMMONS OPENS: The transformation is complete. The former Coach’s bar officially has a new business that’s welcoming community members to stop down, have a piping hot cup of coffee and get to work. Loop Commons, 488 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington, offers co-working space for people looking to get out of the house and have a space to work, without the distractions of kids, significant others or household chores.
  • A WARM GESTURE: Burlington consignment shop Chic and Unique, located in the Chestnut Street Loop, offers a rack of free winter coats for those in need.
  • WRESTLERS REBOUND: The Burlington High School wrestling team bounced back from its first Southern Lakes Conference dual meet loss in years by sweeping a double-dual meet that included a victory over rival Waterford.