We're learning more about alternate sites for a controversial Walmart store the company is hoping to build in downtown Green Bay.
Walmart wants to put up a 150 thousand square foot building in the Broadway district at the old Larsen Cannery site.
The question is: Will Walmart come to Broadway?
"We hope so, and our customers hope so," said Walmart spokeswoman, Lisa Nelson, following a meeting with city officials Thursday.
"I think it could work somewhere else," said Mayor Jim Schmitt, who has been against the plans.
The mayor, who wants either a scaled back version of the store, or no Walmart at all on Broadway, says he's proposed three or four other building sites.
"They have interest, and they're going to run numbers as well," said Schmitt.
Schmitt won't reveal the site locations, but says two are on Velp Avenue.
"If you look along the North side of Velp, I think there's some opportunities there, if it works for them," Schmitt said.
As far as general locations of the other sites, the mayor remains very vague.
"East of Military Avenue but pretty close to the Broadway/Ashland area is in their wheelhouse," said Schmitt.
On Broadway Inc., a business improvement organization, owns the proposed site on Broadway.
The group's executive director declined an on-camera interview with FOX 11, but said until he hears otherwise, he'll assume Walmart wants to work with On Broadway.
Some Broadway business owners say a Walmart store doesn't belong in a district as unique as this one, and they're hopeful Walmart officials take the mayor up on an alternate site.
"I would like to see that happen, but you know I am not a betting man, and I'm not going to put any money on what is going to happen with this whole situation," said Larry Frye, owner of the String Instrument Workshop.
Other business owners feel differently.
"I've been waiting for 13 years for a box store to come in," said David Bartikofsky, owner of the Somewhere in Time Antique Mall.
He says he supports Walmart's plans, but only if the store's size is smaller.
"If they're stuck with 150 square foot, then I think what the mayor has given them is probably a good thing then," said Bartikofsky.
Schmitt says it doesn't appear Walmart is willing to scale back its plans, but adds the retailer may reconsider.
"I do think we're going to find something that's going to work for Green Bay and for Walmart, but I think it's going to take some time," Schmitt said.
Walmart would only say it is reviewing the information from Thursday's meeting, and it is looking forward to improving its plans for a downtown Green Bay location.
Walmart does own land on Huron Road on the city's far east side. The retail giant planned to build a store there in 2008, but put the project on hold because of the economy. The company instead remodeled its Bellevue store.
Company and city officials will meet again in two weeks.
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