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Green Bay mayor not keen on downtown Wal-Mart

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt doesn't think a Wal-Mart store would be a good fit for the city's downtown area. (AP File Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt doesn’t think a Wal-Mart store would be a good fit for the city’s downtown area. (AP File Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay’s mayor doesn’t think a Walmart store would be a good fit for the city’s downtown area.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been in discussions with the property owner, On Broadway Inc., about locating a store on the northeast corner of the downtown area which once was home to the Larsen Canning Co.

On Broadway president Greg Larsen said Wal-Mart is one of many businesses interested in developing a portion of the former cannery.

Mayor Jim Schmitt tells WBAY-TV the property isn’t suited for big box use. He said its brownstone buildings are better for unique, non-franchise businesses. Schmitt said it takes away from the character of an area in which the city has long invested.

Information from: WBAY-TV, http://www.wbay.com

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