GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - During Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt's annual State of the City address Wednesday, one of the promises made for this year is a new downtown grocery store.
Schmitt's address focused mostly on improving downtown Green Bay, but he did talk about development possibly coming to other areas of the city.
According to Schmitt, the city has been in talks with a number of grocery stores, including Festival Foods, Piggly Wiggly and Copps.
“I think there is a market down here to be served,” Schmitt told FOX 11. “I think everyone is convinced of that. I think the person who makes the commitment the soonest is the one who is going to win.”
The Green Bay City Council earlier this month unanimously voted to block a Walmart Supercenter for the Broadway District. In his speech, Schmitt said that property could see a mix of condos, retail space, and a music hall of fame for Wisconsin.
“We’d induct them at the Meyer Theatre and then shrine them over at the music hall of fame,” said Schmitt. “Oh yeah, that’s something we’ve been working on for about a year now.”
Schmitt once again said the renovation of the Hotel Northland is the city’s top priority. He says construction should start soon on the $35 million project.
Schmitt also talked about the area near East Town Mall. Schmitt says the city has been talking with officials in education, major specialized retail and healthcare.
Other highlights from the speech include plans for city-wide Wi-Fi, a new sister-city relationship with Bishan, China and challenge with Google to get more businesses online.
(Additional reporting from FOX 11)