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Green Bay Mayor is Hopeful After Meeting with Walmart

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Green Bay Mayor is Hopeful After Meeting with Walmart

By Raquel Lamal. CREATED Oct 24, 2013

GREEN BAY, Wis.- Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt met with corporate leaders from Walmart Thursday afternoon to discuss the possibility of a downtown store.

There has been a lot of backlash from small businesses on Broadway against putting a Walmart on their street.  Many say it will take away too much from the smaller shops.  The mayor has said from the beginning that he doesn't want a big box store downtown, but he is willing to listen to Walmart's other options.

Walmart proposed multiple designs, none of which Mayor Schmitt is too excited about just yet.

"I do think there's something that could work but it's going to take a little bit more time," said Mayor Schmitt.

Both parties suggested alternatives during the two and half hour meeting, the mayor left feeling hopeful.

"They were interested in doing some tweaking to the existing property but equally as excited about looking at other properties," said Mayor Schmitt.

The mayor is showing Walmart other areas around the city he thinks a large store like Walmart would be a better fit, particularly a spot on Velp Avenue.

The Mayor is meeting with leaders from Walmart again in two weeks to revisit the issue.