Wal-mart eyeing new Kenosha locations, aldermen report
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The map above shows the Bonnie Hame site, where Alderman Anthony Kennedy says Wal-Mart is looking to locate a store.
Several years after building a super-sized store in Somers and closing a Kenosha store on 52nd Street, discount retailing giant Wal-mart is looking at returning to the city, two aldermen said at Monday’s Common Council meeting.
In fact, the company is apparently considering two locations in Kenosha — one north side and one south side location.
Alderman Anthony Kennedy (10th Dist.), during alderman comments, said Wal-Mart is looking at locating an about 35,000 square foot store on what is known as the Bonnie Hamme site, between 30th Avenue and 32nd Avenue and north of 52nd Street on the north side of Kenosha.
Kennedy stressed that the process was very early on.
“There’s nothing being done behind closed doors,” Kennedy said, adding that there will be chances for the public to weigh in on any proposal.
Alderman Daniel Prozanski ((14th Dist.), said Wal-Mart is also looking at a southside store at a location in his district which he did not specify. He said he and Alderman Ray Misner (13th), will be meeting with Wal-Mart officials in the near future.
“This is totally preliminary,” Prozanski said.
A proposal to locate a southside Wal-Mart at about the time the Somers store was being approved proved controversial to neighbors and ultimately died.