Allocate Rare Coin reopens in new location in downtown Green Bay

GREEN BAY – Allocate Rare Coin is reopening in a new home in downtown Green Bay.

The store, previously located at 2221 S. Webster Ave. in Allouez, had to find a new building after Kwik Trip purchased the mall that housed the store.

George Lepak took over ownership of the store in August when the previous owner retired. He spent about six months looking for a new building before buying the former Green Bay Press Gazette newspaper distribution building, 533 E. Walnut St., in March.

Except for a lease by the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2020 census, the building has been largely vacant since the newspaper moved distribution operations to its building at 435 E. Walnut St.

The building will be transformed into two stores, Allouez Rare Coin and rogue gamesa new shop for cards and games.

Lepak said the main renovation the space needs is a dividing wall separating the two stores.

Lepak said the only noticeable change with the new owner and location will be an increase in inventory, even the name will remain the same.

“The name is so strong in the region that I will keep Allocate Rare Coin,” Lepak said.

However, he hopes to eventually rebrand himself as “ARC”.

George Lepak, owner of Allouez Rare Coin, holds a Peace Silver Dollar as he stands in front of the store's new location at 533 E. Walnut St. in downtown Green Bay.

The new store will be about four times the size of the old location, and Lepak said he plans to add a new service — home visits to appraise parts.

Lepak said he hopes both stores can open in July, as long as construction goes according to plan.

“I really appreciate the loyal, strong, long-standing customer base,” Lepak said. “I’m just as excited as them to have it open because it’s been so long.”

Alexandria Bursiek Kloehn is a business reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. You can reach her at [email protected] or check out his Twitter profile at @bursiekkloehn.

David H. Henry