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Green Bay's Mayor unmoved by new Walmart proposal for Broadway

Proposed downtown Green Bay Walmart
Proposed downtown Green Bay Walmart

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - An updated proposal for a new Walmart in downtown Green Bay's Broadway District was presented to Mayor Jim Schmitt during a meeting Tuesday.

The retailer wants to build a 150,000 square foot store on North Broadway, near Kellogg Street.

However, Mayor Schmitt after the meeting says he's still not in favor of the proposal.

"The size is the same. They are convinced that that's what this market needs,” Schmitt told FOX 11. “You know - I am not there yet..."

Last month, Schmitt first met with Walmart officials and showed them some alternate locations on Velp Avenue and Ashland Avenue. 

Walmart officials say they are dead set on building in the Broadway District, despite Mayor Schmitt's concerns.

"We did come back with a store design that's much improved. We feel that the square footage actually will meet the needs of our customers downtown,” said Walmart Public Affairs Director Lisa Nelson.

Store officials would only say the new revisions are significantly different and more pedestrian friendly.

As the plans currently are, even with revisions, Schmitt says they would have to go through a lengthy city approval process. He says it's not about Walmart, as a business. But how does it fit into the long-term.

“And that's the decision I'm going to make,” said Schmitt.

Walmart says it will now fine tune its revisions. Schmitt is looking to meet again and make a decision in the next two weeks.

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