Greendale Walmart Has Smaller Supercenter Format
The new Walmart will not be mainly a grocery store. It will also carry general merchandise in a number of departments.
Greendale residents expecting a Walmart with mostly food items will find something quite different when they visit the store after its Jan. 23 opening.
The new store will be like a Supercenter Walmart, though smaller. At 90,000 square feet, it comes inbetween the 154,000-square-foot Greenfield Supercenter on Highway 100 and the 40,000-square-foot West Allis Neighborhood Market, said store manager Jason Steffen.
Greendale Patch toured the store Monday, getting a sneak peek at the location that will carry an array of products including a full line-up of grocery, electronics, apparel, toys, hardware, sporting goods, pharmacy and general merchandise.
Steffen said there is probably less space for food items than what some of the Greendale officials thought there would be. He also said board members have not yet toured the store, but he plans on reaching out to them.
When the Greendale Village Board approved the construction of the Walmart in June 2011, store representatives said 40 percent of the store would be a grocery market.
The Village has a developers' agreement that says the store has to provide 35,000 square-feet to groceries. Groceries can include items that any other grocery store would include, such as paper products and pharmacy. Village Manager Todd Michaels said he has gone into the store to measure and Walmart is following the agreement.
Even though the location is currently closed to the public, people have been coming to the store thinking that it’s open during the daytime. Steffen sees this as positive reviews for the store.
Steffen said he has felt welcomed by neighboring businesses and has a developed a good relationship with neighbor Martin Luther High School.
The building was built at the old U.S. Bowling Congress site. Before construction the property was valued at $4 million. Village officials have said that since the site is not a TIF District once development is done the value of the property would go up to $10 million or more, improving the village’s tax base.