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Walmart Wants To Build A Store In Caledonia

Walmart says they want to submit plans to build a store in Caledonia, but they'll be asking for citizen input before that happens.

Walmart is back with a new location for a proposed 24-hour general merchandise store in Caledonia.

The company announced its intentions Tuesday, in a press release that states it intends to present plans to the village for a store on the southeast corner of 4 Mile and Green Bay roads. Company officials anticipate the store will create 300 jobs, most of which are expected to be full-time.

Last year Walmart proposed an 115,000-square-foot neighborhood grocery store on the corner of Highway 31 and 4 Mile Road. Village residents strongly disapproved of that plan, and hundreds of residents attended a public meeting to tell Walmart officials that if they wanted to come to Caledonia, they should choose a different spot, preferably one closer to existing retail in the village.

Walmart has not yet contacted the Village Board, or held public meetings on the new proposal. Village President Ron Coutts said Tuesday that after what happened with the last Walmart proposal, he hopes residents could be involved early in the process. Walmart will host a neighborhood meeting to present the project and seek citizen input from 6 to 7:30 pm Oct. 17 at the North Park School Gym, 4748 Elizabeth St.

“I think it would be better for it to be up to the citizens to decide and tell the Village Board if they are in favor of the project,” Coutts said.

According to officials at Walmart, the new site was chosen in response to that feedback. But the company also plans to test the idea at a public meeting before submitting plans to the Village. If approved, the company hopes to start building in the spring and open in early 2014. The company plans to sell electronics, apparel, house wares, groceries and pharmacy services.

“We received a lot of community input, and our team took a fresh look at sites recommended by neighbors,” said Lisa B. Nelson, senior manager, public affairs and government relations for Walmart in Wisconsin. ”We’re excited to present a proposal that will generate new revenue for the village and expand affordable shopping opportunities for Caledonia residents.” 

According to a press release, the store will be constructed in an “environmentally-friendly” way.

Jeremy September 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM
This store would have a brick manufacturing plant on one side of it and some old apartment buildings on the other side of it. I don't see where you are going with the proposed store ruining the neighborhood. There is no 2-acre riverside plot across the street from it, that is for sure.
Heather in Caledonia September 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Does anyone know how much pressure the community can put on them for this? I do feel that businesses should have the right to conduct business the way they see fit and where they want to... to an extent. We're the ones who have to live with the vacant buildings when it's all said and done with. They seem quite intent on having a presence in our area - maybe it should be under our terms? Maybe if we all compromise some we'll end up with a solution that works for everyone.
June Hopkins September 27, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Jeremy - you must be blind. I live directly across from the south edge of that field and do indeed have a two acre riverfront property as do several of my neighbors. IF Walmart wins in its bid to build in Caledonia, I hope that the NGB road location (my address) is chosen instead of hwy 31. While bright lights 24 hrs a day would be annoying for our families - it wouldn't be as harmful to the natural beauty of the 31, 4 mile, 38, 7 mile quadrant. By far more preferable would be Douglas Ave due to the established business environment though.
Tom Holsten October 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Now that my new neighbor decided to put in ALL NIGHT 500,000 watt light in my back yard viewing area (FLAG POLE LIGHT), after all, wall-mart has air pollution, so does my yard,….I say WALL-MART, I welcome you, and I hope I can sell my land to MC DONALDS or maybe “CASH CHECKS HERE”! C-MON DEVELOPMENT!!!!!!!!!!! One Pissed Off Tom Holsten (who has lived in a construction zone for YEARS!
Janyce October 13, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Learn from history, The 'lower taxes' argument doesn't work.

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