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Walmart Wants To Build A Store In Caledonia

Walmart says they want to submit plans to build a store in Caledonia, but they'll be asking for citizen input before that happens.

Walmart is back with a new location for a proposed 24-hour general merchandise store in Caledonia.

The company announced its intentions Tuesday, in a press release that states it intends to present plans to the village for a store on the southeast corner of 4 Mile and Green Bay roads. Company officials anticipate the store will create 300 jobs, most of which are expected to be full-time.

Last year Walmart proposed an 115,000-square-foot neighborhood grocery store on the corner of Highway 31 and 4 Mile Road. Village residents strongly disapproved of that plan, and hundreds of residents attended a public meeting to tell Walmart officials that if they wanted to come to Caledonia, they should choose a different spot, preferably one closer to existing retail in the village.

Walmart has not yet contacted the Village Board, or held public meetings on the new proposal. Village President Ron Coutts said Tuesday that after what happened with the last Walmart proposal, he hopes residents could be involved early in the process. Walmart will host a neighborhood meeting to present the project and seek citizen input from 6 to 7:30 pm Oct. 17 at the North Park School Gym, 4748 Elizabeth St.

“I think it would be better for it to be up to the citizens to decide and tell the Village Board if they are in favor of the project,” Coutts said.

According to officials at Walmart, the new site was chosen in response to that feedback. But the company also plans to test the idea at a public meeting before submitting plans to the Village. If approved, the company hopes to start building in the spring and open in early 2014. The company plans to sell electronics, apparel, house wares, groceries and pharmacy services.

“We received a lot of community input, and our team took a fresh look at sites recommended by neighbors,” said Lisa B. Nelson, senior manager, public affairs and government relations for Walmart in Wisconsin. ”We’re excited to present a proposal that will generate new revenue for the village and expand affordable shopping opportunities for Caledonia residents.” 

According to a press release, the store will be constructed in an “environmentally-friendly” way.

Heather in Caledonia September 26, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Rick, check out the map on the right side of the story. Don't forget that Hwy 31 and Green Bay Road aren't always the same thing. I'm assuming this will be across from Mosquito Inn.
JW September 26, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Here we go again... there is plenty of land for green space and development... don't pretend otherwise. First its too close to YOUR house... now too close to your parents... next your aunt, brother, sister's dogs favorite stray cat, etc. If you want your green space why dont YOU move off of the highway or major area road?! There are other places in Caledonia... and the prospect of future growth is exactly why I would not have chosen to build or buy a property on a major road or highway. The sad thing is that Hwy 31 and 4 Mile was a better location... and due to the vocal segment it now is proposed at a less ideal location. Growth and retain make sense on both Hwy 31 and 32 and still leave plenty of room for green space. Just to clear up... yeah... we do not need a Red Lobster every 16 miles... but how about a Chilis, Boston Market, or some other restaurant that Racine doesnt current even have? If you want to make that 16 mile drive all the time, look around, there are plenty of properties far more suited to your taste that will still allow you a lovely drive to various food and shopping options. Those who got their way in not having the store at Hwy 31 and 4 mile road cannot constantly get to sing the same song at every location that is proposed. Give it up...
Heather in Caledonia September 26, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Well, here are my 2 cents so far and I'll try my best to be at the meeting in October: 1) In a Perfect World, I would prefer to sit a nice new Wal-Mart (with a classier outdoor and indoor decor) right smack on top of Kmart. I shop at Kmart, but it's depressing as it always seems 2 days from going out of business. 2) 4 Mile and North Green Bay are not big enough to accommodate traffic from a large store. Will Wal-Mart pitch in to upgrade the roads? 3) I personally like Wal-Mart, but I wouldn't want one that looks like an old warehouse like the one recently opened in Somers. As a village, we can require the outside to look nice - I'm not sure what say we have on what the inside looks like.
Erin September 26, 2012 at 02:23 PM
JW - your insulting tone and past behavior in what is supposed to be civil discourse leads me to believe that you just want a fight. You don't know where I or my family live - and just to be clear - none of us are on major roads. We chose our locations because of their LACK of traffic and low density. Again, open space disappears - buildings, cement, and density are forever - or until abandonment. Tell me again where we should move to? Is there an invisible line there that says "Do Not Cross"? Because, I will go, and take my taxes with me. You can live in your new shining city, JW. But you know what, I won't be responding to you any further. I recall your obtuse and arrogant attitude last time.
JW September 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I actually toned it down from what I could have said. Who started the condescending tone is in the eye of the beholder. That is how I took your post, so my response absolutely was geared by that. I may have assumed you care about the impact on the stray cats... so I am sorry about that. You want to criticize why people moved here knowing it had green space, as if that should never change... the counter to that is, if you want to retain green space, don't live on or near a major road. I am sorry if you only see the discussion in one direction. Really... Hwy 31, Hwy 32, and 4 Mile Road or even 5 mile Road and Hwy 31 would typically be in play as reasonable locations for a new shopping center... along with potentially 6 mile Road and Hwy 32. The major intersections simply make the most sense as the area develops.
Amanda Goldberg September 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I guess you all enjoy the higher taxes you are paying. More businesses gives us a larger tax base which means less burden on you. Three hundred jobs means the "ghetto" you perceive will have more employed residents. Competition to Pick-n-Save and Piggly Wiggly for lower grocery prices and a wider selection than K-Mart. Less of a drive than going to HWY 11 and as Heather said, the original site at 31 and 4 Mile is much more accommodating to a store of that size and the traffic associated with it. Why burden the residential area, already overused due to the construction on 4 Mile Rd, because the people near 4 Mile and HWY 31 do not want a business as a neighbor? They already chose to live near a heavily used intersection and on busy roads. If the person who owns that land wants to sell it to them so be it. It's time for residents of Caledonia to open their eyes to the inevitable changes. You cannot expect the government to provide the services they do without taxes going up so let some growth happen to make the tax burden easier on all of us. Lower taxes and more jobs does not sound so bad to me and maybe it will slow down and help eliminate the number of abandoned and foreclosed homes in Caledonia.
thomas spieker September 26, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Will 4 Mile Road even be open by the time Wal Mart is Built?
Sandy September 26, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Lexi and etal who are making comments for a grocery store...this new proposal is not for a grocery store...more like a mini-me original walmart. Secondly, all grocery prices went up, even though there are things cheaper at walmart superstore, there is other stuff the same and more expensive there than other stores. I go to a few different stores to save more. Roundys brands are carried by pick n save because it's their brand. PnS is Roundys! you will save overall if you go with those brands. I have tried several and they are really good. I can't say the same for the great value brands. this should not be a basis for if we accept a walmart or not though since this is not going to be a grocery store.
Jeff Frievalt September 26, 2012 at 04:37 PM
If you build it they will come.
Sandy September 26, 2012 at 04:41 PM
My biggest question is will it affect the road work that is supposed to be in progress currently since it will greatly increase traffic from all directions? Will there be improvements that will need to be made to 4 mile rd from I-94 to the proposed location and if so, what?
SJ September 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I am not for Wal-mart in our area, at all, even though it would be decidedly convenient for my business. I moved here 21 years ago knowing that I would have to travel 5 - 20 minutes for shopping. I think we all knew what was available when we chose to move here. And, Wal-mart is not cheaper on everything. I'm in grocery store 4 or 5 days per week. I pretty much know pricing in every store and while some things are cheaper at Wal-mart, Aldi's is actually the best value overall and Pick n Saves sale prices generally can't be beat. Don't forget about Piggly Wiggly and Sentry, too.
SJ September 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
But, it's true, if you build it, they will come. I know, personally, that if they build the Wal-mart I will boycott it for a while and then eventually the siren song of the convenience will get to me and I will start to shop there. With that said, if Wal-mart is so intent upon coming to Caledonia then the Village should tell them to take over the Kmart spot--period. We all know that Kmart is failing. I would bet that they'll close within 6 months of the Wal-mart opening and then we'll be stuck with an empty box store in our business corridor. Why doesn't the Village propose that Wal-mart make Kmart an offer they can't refuse and rebuild or remodal that store. If its against their corporate creedo to remodal a competitors store then the Village should make it clear that if they want to come here, that is their only option. If its too small for their needs, then they should offer to take over the space from Cousins and Kings Wok and maybe move and relocate them to the former Blockbuster building. I'm sure the leasing company that runs the Blockbuster building would be happy to remodel it into two or 3 smaller stores, just to have tenants, as its been empty for 2 years now. Douglas Ave & 4 Mile is already set to handle the traffic flow that will accompany a Wal-mart--no roads will need to be widened, no extra stoplights, no extra bus lines. It would fit all needs.
SJ September 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I don't think anyones opinion here is wrong, that's the great thing about living in America, we all get our opinions. I think that there is positive and negatives to Wal-mart coming here. But, if you want you opinion heard--yes or no--you need to attend the meetings. We did, and as far as we saw, it was overall negative against Wal-mart. If you're for Wal-mart get to the meetings and have your YES Wal-mart signs to go up against the NO Wal-mart signs. If you can't make the meetings then write a letter--positive or negative--to the Village. And let's get this settled once and for all.
TAG September 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I'm confused why they would choose this area, off the beaten path? Why not on Douglas--Near Kmart or somewhere actually ON Douglas?? This will seriously cause traffic issues and turn that beautiful area into crap. I agree with the need for revenue, but how about somewhere that already has a large traffic flow and has other businesses around. There is nothing here but the Mosquito, farms and apartments. Not an ideal place. I can't see how it would fit there as well.
Heather in Caledonia September 26, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I wouldn't hold my breath, Thomas! :)
Heather in Caledonia September 26, 2012 at 05:45 PM
SJ, I'm with you on this - we should really bring that up at the meeting. Will you be attending? I'm going to try to be there. I can easily see us with a new Wal-Mart in a crowded area and an empty Kmart in a great spot.
SJ September 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Hi Heather, I am working that evening and I an unable to change my schedule but my husband will and I'll set him up with the info.
Debbie Christensen September 26, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I would much rather have a Target built out here!
JW September 26, 2012 at 05:59 PM
They originally wanted a great location... at 4 mile and 31 but that was shot down by negative opinions. I personally think they are wasting their time doing it again because the same negative opinions will be there. Either they give in to those opinions and forget about Caledonia or they go over those opinions... and I would rather have them do the latter... and I would actually rather IF they are going to build at all, that they would do it at the original proposed location of 4 mile and 31.
SJ September 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
But building on 4 Mile & 31 will still cause Kmart to go out of business and we'll still have an empty store. 4 Mile will have to be expanded sooner, rather than later. Folks will lose their homes or property values will plummet. 4 Mile & Douglas is already developed and set. What about the cornfield behind Kmart/Pick n Save next to Crawford park? That is open space in a developable area--do those folks want it there?
Erin September 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
It's a great idea, to suggest Walmart take over the failing KMart location. However, that is not a Walmart trend. In Kenosha, they abandoned a useable Walmart store and built a brand new one just a mile away. They don't mind leaving vacant Walmart and Sam's buildings behind, why would they try to occupy a KMart? They are not "green" company.
Erin September 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM
And I just have to comment about the negativity in posts made here regarding the Conservancy and horse enthusiasts. What Caledonia offers these two groups is so unique! I've lived and visited many other equestrian communities around the country, and I have yet to find one like Caledonia. No matter your personal opinions about equestrian enthusiasts, we are a group of devoted hobbyists no different than golfers, skiiers, boaters, hikers, trekkers. It takes a very special blend of community, conservation, access, networking, and physical surroundings to have an area be viable for these types of activities and hobbies. It isn't "created" out of thin air. We are "loud" and passionate because what has been built in this community is truly unique. I cannot find it elsewhere; it just doesn't exist. And once gone, that is it. We can't just relocate miles of trails and farms, and farm network to Union Grove, or wherever. I acknowledge that this is a small percentage of Caledonia residents. But it is also our heritage in this area, a piece of our culture, a species than could go extinct for us. Development will happen. Inevitability. But we can manage it thoughtfully, to preserve things of real value.
mau September 26, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Target, Walgreens, Kohls Food, Kohls Department, Pic n Save, Sentry, GFS, Texas Roadhouse, Red Lobster..... OK Walmart, Home Depot, Menards..... NOT OK Catholic Church selling property for development (Hwy 20 & Greenbay Rd): Home Depot..... NOT OK Kohl's Department Store..... OK
mau September 26, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I've got the perfect solution for this dilemma. Let's all encourage Woodman's Foods to build in Caledonia. I would even take them over a Walmart any day.
Jeff Warg September 26, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Mau-I emailed Woodman's about the area and they said Racine is too close to their Oak Creek and Kenosha stores. I would suggest contacting Meijer's in Michigan. They have proposed stores in Franklin, Grafton and Sussex over the last few months.
Jeremy September 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM
This store would have a brick manufacturing plant on one side of it and some old apartment buildings on the other side of it. I don't see where you are going with the proposed store ruining the neighborhood. There is no 2-acre riverside plot across the street from it, that is for sure.
Heather in Caledonia September 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Does anyone know how much pressure the community can put on them for this? I do feel that businesses should have the right to conduct business the way they see fit and where they want to... to an extent. We're the ones who have to live with the vacant buildings when it's all said and done with. They seem quite intent on having a presence in our area - maybe it should be under our terms? Maybe if we all compromise some we'll end up with a solution that works for everyone.
June Hopkins September 27, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Jeremy - you must be blind. I live directly across from the south edge of that field and do indeed have a two acre riverfront property as do several of my neighbors. IF Walmart wins in its bid to build in Caledonia, I hope that the NGB road location (my address) is chosen instead of hwy 31. While bright lights 24 hrs a day would be annoying for our families - it wouldn't be as harmful to the natural beauty of the 31, 4 mile, 38, 7 mile quadrant. By far more preferable would be Douglas Ave due to the established business environment though.
Tom Holsten October 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Now that my new neighbor decided to put in ALL NIGHT 500,000 watt light in my back yard viewing area (FLAG POLE LIGHT), after all, wall-mart has air pollution, so does my yard,….I say WALL-MART, I welcome you, and I hope I can sell my land to MC DONALDS or maybe “CASH CHECKS HERE”! C-MON DEVELOPMENT!!!!!!!!!!! One Pissed Off Tom Holsten (who has lived in a construction zone for YEARS!
Janyce October 13, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Learn from history, The 'lower taxes' argument doesn't work.

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