I’m sure many have heard: Walmart is closing some stores in America. Even though it’s refreshing to some or many, but here on a job standpoint, and a economic standpoint it will hit hard.

The news of some Walmart stores closing is both a negative and positive. Also known as a mixed bag. It’s truly a mixed bag because over the year, Walmart has been under the gun or more like in the crosshairs of those who felt the pinch of those lower wages and all those hacking like hate against the corporation. Against the mom and pop shops. Against the clubs, against the church, against the radio stations, against the well you know what I’m talking about.

For this: there are those who are somewhat praising “Thank You Jesus!” over this closing, but however, there are families or who make part time work or full time work at Walmart to feed their families or to pay the bills are being deeply effected. That was their income of work! Keep praying!

Henceforth: This also affects Milwaukee. Really it does. The locations of the Milwaukee Area Walmart Closing is going to effect the following locations via January 28th, from the Milwaukee BizTimes:

The 161,022-square-foot Walmart Supercenter store at Midtown Center, 5825 W. Hope Ave., Milwaukee; and Walmart Neighborhood Market store locations at: N88 W15559 Main St., Menomonee Falls; 3850 N. 124th St., Wauwatosa; and S14 W22605 Coral Drive, Waukesha, will close. The 42,000-square-foot Menomonee Falls Neighborhood Market store and the 38,000-square-foot Wauwatosa Neighborhood Market store opened in 2012. The 42,000-square-foot Waukesha Neighborhood Market store opened in 2013.

But I want to highlight Midtown. Or for those whom like to spotlight the nostalgic Capitol Court Area. When many of the stores back then were closing down way back, a lot of the area was at a discomfort of Crime, and also not enough Economic Support. And for a long time, the area was just nothing but “Sea of Asphalt”. Nothing. Then the ideas of Streetmalls came about to help revive areas that were previously had concerns.

 

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Midtown Center in 2003 – Stephen’s Spot Photography

 

 

Capitol Court in the past before the Midtown Center, was in fact a Street Mall. And it was a first in Wisconsin.

Now in 2002, the street mall of the Midtown Center was on the cusp of the revive for the Area in Milwaukee. And then the shops were added. The Anchor stores of Pick N’ Save, Lowe’s and Walmart were the main three that piloted the ship. The now vacant Lowe’s (since 2009 it was closed) was the first hardware store built in Milwaukee. The first one! Ever. Walmart was the second facility built. In the same area where Kohl’s Food Store was stood years back.

 

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Midtown Walmart Parking Lot was jammed packed! – Stephen’s Spot Photography

 

 

Just today, inside and outside of Midtown Walmart, the place was JAMMED PACKED! The Cars near old site where Lowe’s was open was barely filled. It was like that when the Lowe’s Store itself was making money. The inside was barely empty, plus the items in store was only 25% off. Me, on the other hand, I bought the last two items that I purchased: A DVD Movie, Straight Outta Compton and a family pack of Oreos. All together: $16.34. Toward the end, I kept thinking about the stuff and Items I bought from Walmart over the years and also photographing a picture that I took of the Midtown Center when it was coming up and young in 2003. 13 years later, the area seemed very vibrant, but still the issue of vacant spots still remains. Surrounding the area, will take ideas. No matter whom is in charge of the 2nd Aldermanic District or the Midtown Center Developers.

Now on Facebook, there were some “ideas” that could replace the buildings of Walmart and Lowe’s. Some called for an idea of Entertainment Complex of Movie Theaters and Bowling Alleys. Those are fine. Some have called for ideas of Community Centers. Very fine. I don’t hear about this as much, but there is an idea to put into the soon-to-be old Walmart here: and I want those who are apart of the City of Milwaukee to use this thought: EMPLOYMENT TRAINING CENTERS! Think about it. Midtown Center must have an Employment Training Center. That could be in the old Lowe’s Building as well. Call it the Midtown Center Employment Training Area. Many already know that Milwaukee has those HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS. We know. With this training center per say, it could not only put those without training to work, but also those with experience to sharpen the skill to remain workable! That’s one thing.

Another thing, is a ground up store or business. You can have the Ubers, Lyfts or self-transportation gigs around. Put a novelty store to sell zodiac clothing. Or hey, here’s a thought, put a Sports Complex in Midtown. Mix it up with indoor Basketball, or Tennis, or Baseball/Softball, Martial Arts, Boxing, or maybe Archery. How many African-Americans in Milwaukee know how to do Archery? Put a Sports Complex in Midtown. SERIOUSLY! To get some exercise or learn a new sports skill.

Another idea, an AT&T Store would work. Or, for all of us Drone users, turn part of complex which features the buildings open spaces, for a spot to fly drones. Pictures in all.

That’s all I can think of. Plus there are others, but since the store is closing, another store must be on the rise for brainstorming.

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