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Business leaders support proposed Walmart

Walmart's proposed plan for a downtown Green Bay location is getting some help from the community.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Walmart's proposed plan for a downtown Green Bay location is getting some help from the community.

A handful of business owners have sent letters to city leaders in support of the development. Some of those owners, such as the Law Firm of Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C., say Walmart will only benefit the local economy.

"I felt, number one, that this was a good plan because there is the need for grocery and general merchandise downtown," says Thomas Olejniczak, a managing partner of the law firm. "There isn't any, basically, and it takes advantage of a troublesome site."

Olejniczak also says Walmart has offered to pay for the demolition and cleanup of the existing site, in addition to paying full price for the site itself.

Walmart released a statement today on the subject, saying: "We continue to receive support from business and community leaders who recognize that Walmart's proposal would bring numerous benefits to the community including 300 jobs, convenient access to affordable groceries, TIF funds to support the success of downtown, and significant financial benefits to the city. They appreciate that this project has unique environmental challenges and is expensive to clean-up and develop. We look forward to continuing to show how Walmart can contribute to the economic growth and revitalization of downtown Green Bay."
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