A Walmart combined supermarket and discount store is being proposed for a West Milwaukee site that now has a largely vacant strip retail center, and some industrial buildings.
The site is about a two blocks east of Miller Park Way, and north of W. Greenfield Ave.
Gatlin Development Co. has the site controlled under pending purchase contracts, Walmart spokeswoman Lisa Nelson told me. Gatlin would build the store and lease it to Walmart.
The site is now occupied by a mostly vacant strip retail center, once anchored by a Sentry supermarket, and buildings used by Wisconsin Steel Industries, Nelson said. The Walmart would be on both sides of what is now S. 41st St., a portion of which would be vacated to accommodate the development.
The proposed 144,000-square-foot store will be the subject of an open house presentation, which will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the West Milwaukee Community Center, 1345 S. 47th St., said Ron Hayward, village president.
The open house will be a chance for village residents to learn more about the project, and provide feedback to Walmart, Gatlin and village officials, Hayward said. The store would need Village Board approval, he said.
Woodman's Food Markets last year considered the site for one of its stores, but those plans fell through. Woodman also would have used the Milwaukee Boiler property that's north of Wisconsin Steel Industries.
Co-owner Clint Woodman told me in March that his Janesville-based company couldn't outbid Walmart, the world's largest retailer, for the properties.