GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - More than 500 people filed through the doors at the Neville Public Museum to see Walmart’s plans Tuesday night.
Many in attendance said the proposed 150,000 square-foot store looks the same as any other Walmart. The downtown Green Bay store is nearly exactly the same size as the east side location, and it will include groceries, a pharmacy, general merchandise and a garden center.
The building will feature a partial brick façade along with a colonnade, a series of columns along N. Broadway. The parking lot will have 640 spaces.
Walmart spokeswoman Lisa Nelson says they plan to use the public feedback to see if they hit the mark with size, product, and fit for the community. If they need to make changes they will.
Nelson says they intend to submit plans to the city in a couple weeks.
B Local, a group connected with the Facebook group “No Way to Walmart on Broadway”, were active in collecting petition signatures against the big box retailer. They plan to submit the petition to city leaders and the CEO of Walmart in hopes of derailing the project.
However, there were mixed reactions from people.
“Moving a Walmart into the Broadway district is like putting a strip club next to a church,” said Rhonda Sitnikau of Green Bay.
Concerns were raised about the local businesses and unique specialty shops in the area and how Walmart could affect their revenue.
Sassy Girl owner Nicole Zich didn’t think the same clientele that shops at Walmart would visit stores on Broadway, so she isn’t against Walmart’s plans to build.
Some opinions changed after seeing the plans; while they don’t totally agree with Walmart’s business practices they shop there and see the store filling a need for groceries and convenience.