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Walmart meets with Green Bay Mayor over new store designs

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Walmart officials arrive for a meeting with Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt at City Hall on May 5, 2014. (Copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.)
Walmart officials arrive for a meeting with Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt at City Hall on May 5, 2014. (Copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.)

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt met with Walmart officials Monday to discuss some new renderings for a proposed 154,000 square foot store in the Broadway District.

The new designs of the store includes a more unique and retro look to the facade of the Supercenter. 

"We've made some changes that add a little bit more to the density to our plan," said Walmart spokesperson Lisa Nelson. "And also reflect some design changes to fit into the Broadway area to achieve that vision."

But the major sticking point continues to be the size of the store. It's something that both sides are not budging on.

"For 18 months we've been very clear that we can't go down on store size, we can't build a multi-level store here," said Nelson. "This is about building a successful store that will serve our customers in Green Bay."

Nelson would not share with the media those designs. Mayor Jim Schmitt said about the plan after the meeting.

"I did not hear a plan today that I could support that would be in unison with the downtown plan," said Schmitt. 

Also at city hall was Green Bay City Council President Tom DeWane, who likes the work that Walmart has put into these new renderings.

"I think after today, if this doesn't get approved by the council, I think it is done," said DeWane. "They went above and beyond, I don't know what more they could do."

DeWane wouldn't go so far as to say there are enough votes to override a mayoral veto.

Walmart's purchase agreement is up June 14. Mayor Schmitt expects this debate to return to the council at some point.

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