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Green Bay Mayor Schmitt set to meet with Walmart officials Tuesday

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - For the second time, officials with Walmart are expected to meet with Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt about plans for a store in downtown's Broadway District.

Walmart has expressed interest in constructing a 150,000 square foot store on part of the site of the former Larsen cannery. 

Last month, Schmitt took several Walmart officials around the city to show them alternative sites to build that large format store.

Those sites include two on Velp Avenue and one on Ashland Avenue, both blocks from the Broadway District site.

“I think a grocery store is a top priority,” said Schmitt. “It has been and we're going to deliver on that, but a superstore I'm not sure is the right thing for the Broadway District or our downtown.”

Walmart is trying to sell its idea to downtown neighbors. A company pamphlet is arriving in mailboxes. It states a Walmart would lower taxes, improve property values, and add 300 jobs.

The meeting between Walmart and the city is expected to happen Tuesday morning. 

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