GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) After weeks of more questions than answers, Walmart took its proposal for a store in downtown Green Bay to the public Tuesday night. The retailer held an open house at the Neville Public Museum and hundreds turned out to learn more.
Inside the Neville Public Museum, hundreds of people fill the halls to get a look at what Walmart wants to build.
"It's 150,000 square feet, smaller than most of our stores," said Lisa Nelson, director of public affairs, Walmart of Wisconsin. "One of our Green Bay stores in comparison is 226,000 square feet."
Billed as the start of an ongoing dialogue with the public, Walmart representatives showed renderings of the proposed store; complete with a pharmacy, groceries and most products stocked in your typical Walmart Supercenter. The retailer, looking to locate on the old Larson Cannery, in the heart of the Broadway District.
"What we're hearing from our customers in downtown Green Bay is they want access to fresh food in downtown and they want access to the products that they need," Nelson said.
Since Walmart's plans were announced, Broadway District business owners have expressed concern. Tim Nicholson invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to open Glass Nickel Pizza company in the area. He is afraid his paying customers could soon head elsewhere.
On Broadway Incorporated owns the vacant Larsen green space on north Broadway.
It is where Walmart is proposing to build a new 150,000 square foot store.
Leading up to tonight's open house, it continues to be a divisive issue downtown.
Tuesday's open house was put on by Walmart from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
It is a chance for the public to see what Walmart is proposing - and ask questions and give feedback on the potential project.