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Green Bay Mayor hoping to explore options in Walmart meeting


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - For the first time since Walmart announced plans for a Broadway District store, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt will meet with corporate officials Thursday.

Walmart has previously unveiled a proposal for a 150,000 square foot store at part of the site of the former Larsen Green property in downtown Green Bay.

"Nothing against Walmart, but I wouldn't support it if it were Sears or Target or anyone," Schmitt told WTAQ's Mike, Matt and the Morning News on Wednesday. "I just don't think that fits in that piece of our city."

Schmitt says he would be open to a smaller, neighborhood market to help meet the grocery needs of downtown residents. He's also going to tout some other locations for a bigger retail store.

"I think there may be some opportunities for them on Velp, that's a nice street, there's some property over on Atkinson that may work," Schmitt says. "I'm gonna take them in the van around the city and show them some other opportunities as well, but what they propose right now I'm opposed to that."

Mayor Schmitt also denied being part of an anti-Walmart Facebook group.

"I have never been a part of that," said Schmitt. "You know I'm not one of these anti-Walmart people, I'm more about the right project for the Broadway district."

That's despite his profile being linked to the Facebook group "No Wal-Mart on Broadway".