Monona Residents Discuss Proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter

The Wal-Mart debate continued Wednesday night for residents in the city of Monona.

It comes a day after voters in Monroe turned down a Wal–Mart Supercenter in their city.

Monroe residents voted a resounding "no" to a 200,000 sq. ft. Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Those who shop in Monroe say they don't need a new grocery store and they don't want to take away business from the downtown stores.

But Tuesday's referendum was only advisory, meaning it is meant to guide decision makers on the issue.

Monroe's City Council President tells NBC 15 in his mind it's now a dead issue.

Several communities have faced the same question. In addition to Monroe, Stoughton and Oregon said "no" to a supercenter. Janesville approved one, but development is delayed because of legal problems.

Wednesday night Monona residents turned out to discuss a proposed supercenter there.

In the first 30 minutes of the public hearing, every speaker opposed the proposed Wal-Mart store. Their concerns ranged from the environment to its affect on small, local businesses.

The Monona Plan Commission is expected to make a decision on the proposed Wal–Mart Supercenter in the near future. The commission's next meeting is in two weeks.


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