Greendale Walmart opening reflects growing business there
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GREENDALE - The Walmart in Greendale has opened for business, bringing 200 jobs.
The new location is one of a number of changes on South 76th Street.
Dignitaries cut a ribbon to mark the opening on Wednesday, a symbol of booming business in Greendale.
"We took an idle, dark, unusable site on 10 acres and reconverted it into a new retail center," said Village President John Hermes.
He told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady the recent growth on 76th Street started with the renovation of Southridge Mall.
"We've underpinned its foundation, brought it out of a hole and moved it in a different direction which has changed the whole dynamic of the business corridor of South 76th Street."
Macy's has also completed a large renovation. Panda Express opened. Longhorn Steakhouse is under construction. Chick-Fil-A and U.S. Cellular are coming, along with DSW Warehouse on the former Borders' property.
Eugene and Kathy Feuling, who have lived in Greendale for years, say they're happy to have more options.
"It's more convenient. In fact, we can walk up here. It's great."
The Walmart is a smaller supercenter prototype, the first in Wisconsin.
40 percent of the store focuses on groceries and a pharmacy.