Green Bay Wisconsin, No commitment of any sort from the company, but Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt confirming he has talked with Whole Foods Market about conceivably building a store in the city.
“Green Bay would be, I think, a great location for Whole Foods,” said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.
The mayor told FOX 11 representatives of the Austin, Texas-based organic grocer were in town Monday and Tuesday discussing the idea and touring the city.
Known for its natural and organic foods, Whole Foods has more than 360 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. Two of those are in Wisconsin, one in Madison and the other Milwaukee.
Mayor Schmitt says the Green Bay community is evolving and that a Whole Foods would complement it. He says it’s now on the company to do its site and market studies.
So where could a store go in the city?
“What are they looking for and what are you presenting to them?” asked FOX 11’s Bill Miston.
“Green Bay, you look at Cabela’s, and the VA clinic, and Schreiber and the many things – Costco – that have taken place lately. This is a great community for people to maybe step it up a little bit. And Whole Foods is vetting Wisconsin right now and we wanted to showcase Green Bay,” replied Mayor Schmitt. “Anytime someone looks at Green Bay, we sure show them the downtown, and then of course there’s Military, University (Avenue Business Districts).”
FOX 11 did speak with a company representative. She wouldn’t confirm as a matter of company policy if Whole Foods is investigating Green Bay as a new location. But did say it’s not out of the ordinary for Whole Foods to look at expanding into new markets.
Schmitt says these talks are in the very early stages and hopes to have a conference call with the company in the next couple weeks.
Interestingly enough Thursday marks the date Walmart and the city were to meet to discuss the big-box retailer’s plans for a proposed store in the Broadway District.