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Downtown Green Bay Walmart store proposal expected in 30 days


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Walmart is expected to make a proposal for a store in downtown Green Bay in the next 30 days. 

The big box retailer is in preliminary talks with the owners of the old Larson canning property in the Broadway District. 

On Broadway Executive Director Christopher Naumann said Walmart has signed an option to purchase the property.  Right now, they are vetting development proposals. 

"While we don't have a proposal yet, this is a concept that may come to us in the near future" Naumann said.

Naumann says Walmart approached them at the beginning of the year interested in the empty lot that is located between the old Larson vegetable canning factory buildings.

"There is not really that much to react to at this point, other than dealing with people's perceptions and prejudices with that particular brand coming to the district"  Naumann said. 

Naumann says if you want to encourage residential development in the area, people are going to need convenient access to goods, services and groceries.

While nothing is known about this project, Walmart has around 250 smaller stores around the nation called Walmart Neighborhood Market.  It’s about a quarter of the size of a Supercenter that focuses mainly on groceries. 

During a public input session for downtown Green Bay's new master plan Thursday night, almost everyone was against Walmart coming to the area, despite knowing nothing about the project. 

More than 1,200 people have already joined a No Walmart on Broadway Facebook group.