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Planned New Leaf Market co-op reacts to possible Walmart in downtown Green Bay


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Walmart will soon submit plans to the city of Green Bay for a downtown store, and that has the co-op grocery store New Leaf Market reacting.

They have asked their marketing firm that did a 2012 feasibility study to rework the numbers and factor in a Walmart into the equation.

On Thursday, the yet to be built community owned grocery store gave an update to just over two dozen people on plans to build on the site of the current Grey Hound bus depot along Main Street.

“Having a competitive grocery store in the downtown, whether it’s Walmart or a Festival Foods, it changes the picture, changes the dynamic” said New Leaf Market board member Andrew Higgins.

Earlier this week, Walmart presented its plans for the first time and the open house was attended by more than 500 people.

New Leaf strongly believes that will offer something that Walmart can't; a niche for organic and locally grown foods.

“Anytime you perceive something to be negative is an opportunity, it’s an opportunity to get stronger in what you’re trying to accomplish” said Elaine Wagner is a member of the membership and marketing committee for New Leaf.

New Leaf will soon begin its capital campaign and is looking to raise $6 million in order to start building.