Auction of Lunker’s merchandise set for later this month
Published 11:35 am Friday, January 8, 2016
Hundreds of items will be up for grabs during an auction this month of merchandise from Lunker’s, a well-known outdoor sports store and restaurant in Edwardsburg that closed abruptly in June of 2015.
The auction starts at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 and 24 at 26324 U.S. 12 in Edwardsburg.
It is being provided by the Portolese Family Auction Service/Kasers Auction Service.
Patrick Portolese, of Portolese Family Auction Service, said items up for auction include numerous firearms, ammunition, restaurant equipment, catering equipment, animal mounts, fishing gear, camping gear and more.
A complete list of items can be found online at http://www.auctionzip.com/Listings/2643535.html
“Everything you see in those pictures will be for sale,” Portolese said.
Portolese said he is awaiting confirmation from a potential buyer who wants to purchase 95 percent of the merchandise currently not included in the auction.
The auction will feature the remaining 5 percent, unless the deal with the potential buyer falls through. If that happens, all the merchandise will be auctioned off.
Portolese said he does not know who the buyer is.
“We are waiting for confirmation from the courts to accept the offer,” he said. “If they say no… it will turn into a three-day auction.”
The building itself is not included in the auction, Portolese said.
Lunker’s started as a small bait shop in 1985, but eventually expanded to the 60,000 square foot facility seen today. Angler’s Inn, the restaurant, opened in 1992.
The business closed abruptly in June. At that time, a Lunker’s press release said the business had been placed into receivership — a type of corporate bankruptcy — by Teacher’s Credit Union, which had provided Lunker’s with a commercial loan years ago.
The status of the building itself remains unclear. Attempts to reach TCU were not immediately successful.
Leader Publications will update this story as information becomes available.