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Broadway business owners call for change in leadership after Walmart news


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A small group of Broadway District business owners in Downtown Green Bay are getting vocal about their anti-Wal-mart stance and calling for a change in leadership among the On Broadway, Inc. Board of Directors. 

On Broadway is a non-profit firm who manages the business improvement district and promotes its interests. 

The outcry stems from On Broadway’s ongoing conversations with Wal-mart and the big box retailer recently signing a purchase option for a piece of property in the vacant Larson vegetable canning property. 

Wal-mart is expected to propose a downtown grocery store in the coming month. 

Fox 11 reports 18 of 22 Broadway businesses owners voted Tuesday night to endorse a vote of “no confidence” for the board. The businesses have grouped together to form the Broadway Business Alliance.  The group is among between 130 to 150 businesses in the Broadway District represented by On Broadway. 

A call for a change in leadership is targeted at On Broadway’s Executive Director Christopher Naumann and Board President Greg Larsen. 

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and Council President Tom De Wane also chimed in with letters calling for a change in leadership. 

“We're very pleased with some of the other districts in the city, but I think the direction they are going and the lack of communication with some of the businesses who've made a big investment, all that is not connecting and I think that all falls back to the executive director and the board president,” Schmitt told Fox 11 News. 

Naumann responded, “It is concerning to think that people don't think that job is being maintained. This is all process based, nothing has been hidden. Everything has been transparent and the city has been a partner at the table during this whole process.”

The Board of Directors for On Broadway will release a statement Thursday.