KAUKAUNA (WLUK) — A Walmart store will no longer be built on the former Kaukauna dog track property.
The site, near the corner of I-41 and State Highway 55 is now called Commerce Crossing.
Last winter Walmart made an agreement with Kaukauna to build a store here on the site of the former Fox Valley Greyhound Park.
Suddenly, last week, the business scrapped the plan.
“Said it wasn’t Kaukauna, or Wisconsin so much as nationally, right now things seem to be in a little bit of a decline,” explained Mayor Gene Rosin.
The move came as a shock.
It’s especially unwelcome to local economic leaders. Some other, smaller businesses had agreed to build on the city-owned land on the condition Walmart did.
“We are disappointed, because that property, that piece of land has sat empty for so many years,” said Kelli Clussman the executive director of the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The dog track closed in 1993.
There are some organizations on the land now, but most of the 99 acres are still waiting for development.
Mayor Gene Rosin told FOX 11 News residents will be disappointed too.
“There’s a lot of people that were looking forward to Walmart coming, just for the convenience of it,” he said.
Mayor Rosin told us, luckily, another large developer is interested in building on a different plot of land at this site.
“We have an agreement with a huge medical firm that’s looking at locating out there,” he said.
Rosin said can’t name the firm yet, but told us it is promising.
“The city is really, they’re focused on trying to bring life back to that piece of property out there and I have faith that people are gonna come to the forefront,” said Clussman.
Walmart has not responded to our request for comment.
The company’s cost to Kaukauna for backing out is $100,000.