Walmart ends pursuit of downtown Green Bay store

GREEN BAY – Retail giant Walmart says it is done with its push for a downtown store.

A Walmart spokesperson sent an e-mail to FOX 11 just after 9 o’clock Wednesday night.

In a statement, Mitch Cox, Walmart’s regional general manager, explained the retailer’s decision to end its pursuit of a downtown Green Bay store.

“The level of political and administrative resistance we faced within the City government should be chilling to any business looking to move into or expand in Green Bay,” wrote Cox in the statement.

Two weeks ago, Green Bay’s city council voted down Walmart’s second proposal to build a Supercenter on the Larsen Green site on Broadway.

Some city council members supported Walmart’s plan, saying the retailer was putting money into the project and turning the land into something that is needed. Others argued the project did not fit in with the city’s plan for downtown.

FOX 11 attempted to call Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, but he did not answer.

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