Book World to close all 45 of its stores

APPLETON, Wis. — Book World has announced it is closing all 45 stores it owns in seven states, which includes the Book World at 1723 Main St., Marinette, and will begin a liquidation sale today.

Book World has hired Yellen Partners to assist with the liquidation process. Yellen Partners is a family run liquidation company that specializes in assisting in business closing and liquidation.

The Wisconsin-based company, which opened its first store in Rhinelander in 1976, has stated that “the national shift in the retail marketplace towards e-commerce has triggered the loss of vital mall anchor stores and a downward spiral in customer counts at Book World stores,” which reduced sales to a level that will no longer sustain business operations.

Book World has stores in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and Missouri and is currently the fourth largest book store chain in the United States.

Woman’s death found to be natural causes

MENOMINEE — An autopsy conducted on a 59-year-old woman, who was found unresponsive Oct. 26 at a residence at 938 44th Ave., has indicated through initial results that she died a natural death.

Officers from the Menominee Police Department were dispatched to the residence at 10:24 a.m. Oct. 26, where they discovered the body of the woman, who was later pronounced deceased on scene. The death remains under investigation.