Walmart Kauka8na
Walmart Kauka8na
Wal-Mart. File photo.

KAUKAUNA – Kaukauna’s new Walmart store in Commerce Crossing is expected to be a Supercenter, offering  groceries, a pharmacy and auto services.

The long-awaited agreement between Wal-Mart and the city of Kaukauna was announced this morning, Feb. 10, 2017.

Mayor Gene Rosin told the Post-Crescent that  Wal-Mart is proposing a 185,000- square-foot store at the site.

“That’s larger than a normal store because not only will they have food, but the store will have a pharmacy and tire and lube center,” he said.

The closest Wal-Mart Supercenters to Kaukauna include three in Appleton, one in De Pere and two in Green Bay.

Wal-Mart officially signed a deal this morning to purchase about 17 acres for roughly $1.7 million, and the city accepted it.

“The purchase agreement has been signed,” Kaukauna Mayor Gene Rosin told the Post-Crescent. “It’s important to get some development out here. It sat way too long. This is going to be good not only for Kaukauna but this whole area. To have this located here is going to make that TIF district healthy.”

City planning director Bob Jakel told WHBY Radio last week that Goodwill Industries wants to open a store at Commerce Crossing, and another developer is looking to build a strip mall.

Jakel says Goodwill is willing to pay the city’s asking price, and the non-profit would make payments in lieu of taxes in the tax incremental financing district.

“We have five other land purchase sales out there contingent on a big box coming in. Goodwill is one. A local developer wants to do a strip mall out there. We’re also working with a developer out of Milwaukee for a clinic, a medical facility,” Rosin said.

Back in December, the Kaukauna City Council approved a letter of intent from Berkers Family Dentistry Doctors to build on a portion of the old dog track property.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.