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Competition could be coming for the New Leaf Market in downtown Green Bay


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - What does a possible Walmart grocery store mean for the proposed New Leaf Market co-op just across the river along Main Street in downtown Green Bay. 

The New Leaf board meets Tuesday and that topic will be on the minds of board members. 

Board President Lynn Walter doesn’t feel Walmart changes anything. 

"It's to early in the process, Walmart hasn't made it's plans clear, other than to put an option on that property" Walter said. 

Walmart is looking at an empty parcel that is part of the vacant Larsen canning company property along North Broadway.

New Leaf has secured a site along Main Street adjacent to Whitney Park. The site includes the current Greyhound bus station, which will be demolished. 

Walters says they are waiting until there is more hard data, noting that Walmart hasn’t proposed anything at this point, so they are not going to speculate. Walters says if conditions do change, their market study may need to be updated. 

“If conditions change we may have to redo our market study, but that is not our plan right now” Walter said. 

As they have unveiled more of the site plans in recent weeks, membership has grown to over 700 members. The goal is to get to 1,500 by their expected opening date for next summer or fall. 

New Leaf is around a $6 million project that’s been in the works for years. 

“In the process of working on our capital campaign, and have launched part of the private part and will launching the member loan campaign after Labor Day” Walter said.