Downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin will retain a locally-owned and -operated lighting store.

With the announcement of Wettstein’s closure, Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store will acquire the former company’s lighting division to offer decorative lighting products at Gerhard’s current kitchen-and-bath store location on Cameron Ave. The expanded store will offer trade professionals and homeowners an accessible, innovative, and convenient location for plumbing, cabinetry, tile, and lighting, Gerhard’s noted.

“Gerhard’s and the Poehling family are proud to join with Dan and the Wettstein’s family. Dan’s legacy in downtown La Crosse is monumental. He and the store have been a true asset to our community,” said Joe Poehling, First Supply’s chairman.

Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store will remain open seven days a week while the store is updated to add lighting displays and products to the current offering as well as space for additional employees.

“We look forward to the next chapter for downtown La Crosse as a destination in the area for home projects,” said Katie Poehling Seymour, chief operating officer for First Supply’s Kitchen & Bath Stores. “We look forward to continuing the tradition of customer service that Wettstein’s has established for the lighting industry.”

Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store by First Supply is located at 106 Cameron Ave.,in La Crosse. Store hours are Sunday 11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Thursday until 7:00 p.m.