Wal-Mart Will Bring a Grocery Market and Pharmacy

Wal-Mart will back bring a grocery store into Greendale.

Wal-Mart's proposal for the location on 76th Street at the old U.S. Bowling Congress will include a grocery market, pharmacy and two out lots for development by future tenants.

Residents will have the opportunity to provide input on the proposed development at the open house on Thursday April 7 at Greendale High School at 6 p.m. The proposal will be available for public viewing on Wednesday April 6.

“Wal-Mart’s proposal to develop a retail and grocery store at the Bowling Congress site presents significant opportunity for the Village of Greendale to redevelop this abandoned site without any village-offered economic incentives,” said Village President John Hermes. “The addition of a major retailer with grocery store would enhance retail diversity and function within the South 76th Street business corridor."

The building will be less than 100,000 feet in size, which is half the size of a Wal-Mart Supercenter. 

The Bowling Congress site is not located in a TIF District, the increase in assessed value of approximately 10 million dollars produced by the development would improve the Village's tax base. 

“I look forward to reviewing the proposal and listening to the feedback from our residents,” said Hermes. “Following the open house discussion we will determine the best course of action for the use of the site.”

The proposed Wal-Mart is part of major redevelopment being done to the South 76th Street commercial area. Construction on a new senior housing development has already started.  Simon Property Group has committed to invest in a $52 million dolllar redevelopment of Southridge Mall.

Bren April 07, 2011 at 08:40 PM
In addition to the traffic issue on 76th (which is already wretched), glut (Walmart is already on Hwy 100 and Layton and 27th St) and questionable tactic of countering the mall's efforts to get people in our area shopping at Southridge again by bringing in low-end Walmart, I have 2 concerns: 1. Walmart's corporate philosophy of targeting existing stores in the communities they invade. Walmart can sell lower-priced, crap versions of virtually every product sold on Broad Street. 2. Walmart's corporate philosophies of forcing U.S. vendors to close their American factories and send jobs to China (i.e., Newell Rubbermaid) and poor wages. In virtually every state they operate in, Walmart employees are among the top users of state medical programs (such as BadgerCare). Does Greendale really deserve Walmart?
Ed Hermann April 08, 2011 at 04:53 AM
Remember folks, this is a food/pharmacy store. It is a Walmart neighborhood market. All of the high mass GM shoppers will still have to go to Hwy 100 or 27th street. This is like a large Walgreen store. It is a fraction of the size of the regular Walmarts. Vendors can and do survive next to a Walmart if they prepare and offer goods and services not offered at Walmart. Many vendors do very well with the increased traffic flow, especially the strip mall next to the proposed site. So, what would benefit the State of Wisconsin more? People who are unemployed on Badger Care or people employed on Badger Care? FYI: Walmart does offer health insurance to it's employees. Many companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Toyota, etc. have found locating companies outside the US much more economical than here in the U.S. I really can't blame Walmart for this!! If our companies can't produce products that the U.S. consumer is willing to pay for, then why are we complaining if they go overseas? Pick'n Save has been enjoying the good life for way too long. Basically, no serious competition. With Walmart food stores moving into the area with their superefficient low cost distribution systems, we as consumers will enjoy better food pricing. Competition is good!! So folks, now that the price of gas is going through the roof, do you still want to continue paying high prices for food too? In my opinion, welcome Walmart!!! It's been way too long already!
Bren April 25, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Ed, I'm not sure what "GM shoppers" mean. The point that's been made several times already about Walmart is that it always expands, and there's a strip mall right next store they're probably already salivating over. Badgercare: People making minimum wage jobs on Badgercare is not what Wisconsin needs. We need good paying jobs, not 250,000 crap jobs. Walmart does not provide the healthcare that it could afford to do-it could be the gold standard but chooses not to be. Walmart uses a lot of oil with its "super efficient low cost distribution systems," which helps increase demand and speculation. You might be buying something $ .10 cheaper, but then you're more than making it up at the gas pump, and you're helping someone else lose their job to outsourcing. And you're right, outsourcing is the elephant in the room-no one's talking about the 50,000 U.S. factories lost to the Third World. And no thanks to Walmart for being a leader in that regard. No, I won't be shopping at the Walmart. I'll keep patronizing the stores I always have.
Concerned For Greendale April 25, 2011 at 06:39 PM
This is an important issue for Greendale an I would hope that the Greendale Patch would bring all the written comments made by the editors along with comments by the readers together in one spot for all residents to read and enter the debate. I have read several comments made by Village Officials that concern me: President Hermes has said that if the Village does not give Walmart permission Walmart will sue the Village. Perhaps I am wrong but I believe the process is that Walmart has to get a Conditional Use Permit which the Village officials can give or deny. Village Trustee Sally Chadwick was quoted elsewhere in the Greendale Patch that she does not want to see grocery carts in the parking lot. Huh??? When was the last time anyone saw a grocery store without a cart storage area in the parking lot? Does Trustee Chadwick expect that Walmart will be sending out a "greeter" to take your empty cart back; I don't think so. All we are hearing from Village Officials is how this is going to help Greendale's tax base. Perhaps some of the "older" residents can remind others of the promises made when Greendale approved Southridge years ago. Tax savings galore -- unfortunately they never happened. We have yet to see all the "improvements" promised us by Village Officials at Southridge. Now we are supposed to believe them regarding Walmart.
Robert May 30, 2011 at 03:12 PM
what is the status of this Wal Mart?


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