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Walmart's final design plan could be a smaller store for downtown

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Proposed downtown Green Bay Walmart
Proposed downtown Green Bay Walmart

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Walmart will be presenting their final design plans for a downtown Green Bay store on Tuesday. 

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt says Walmart officials will be back on Tuesday for more talks. 

Schmitt and Walmart representatives met more than three weeks ago to talk about design plans for a controversial 150,000 sq/ft store along North Broadway. 

"They're coming back with their final design plans this week," Schmitt told Fox 11.

Unnamed sources indicated that Walmart could be coming back with a smaller design, but would still be more than 100,000 sq/ft. 

Mayor Schmitt says he's unsure what Walmart representatives will say when he meets with them Tuesday.

"They have their goals and objectives, and we do too, and hopefully we can marry those two," he said.

Schmitt expressed his concerns about the proposed site, saying the big box store would not be the right fit for the district. Schmitt is open to a smaller store. 

Walmart has been adamant about the downtown store having the capabilities of selling both groceries and general merchandise.

The 15-acre site is part of the old Larsen cannery buildings and is owned by the business advocacy group On Broadway, Inc. The property was purchased using a loan through the city.

A six-member board of city and Broadway stakeholders known as the Larsen Green Governing Board makes the decision on the property. They have yet to see any final design plans.

The Broadway district is a business improvement district in the city. The BID Board of Directors met this past week and after a lengthy discussion took no official position on the proposed Walmart store. 

A couple weeks ago, Schmitt invited and showed representatives from Whole Foods, a national high end grocery store and sells natural and organic food, a handful of locations around the city where they could locate a store. Those sites included the downtown site that Walmart has a purchase option on.   

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