Group Eyes Former Sam's Club for Sports Complex has partnered with LexisNexis to bring you this content.

Copyright 2018 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
All Rights Reserved

The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin)


Dane County Boys and Girls Club CEO Michael Johnson hopes to convince Walmart to turn the shuttered Sam's Club on Madison's west side into a regional sports complex instead of an online sales fulfillment center.

Sam's Club, a division of Walmart Stores, announced the closure of 63 stores nationwide earlier this month. Of those, up to 12 will be converted to eCommerce fulfillment centers, which could include the 7050 Watts Rd. location.

"We're analyzing where the fulfillment centers should be, then we'll take a step back," a Walmart spokeswoman said.

Johnson admits the idea of using the space as a regional sports complex is a "longshot" but he is hopeful. He said he is in the process of planning a video conference call with the company, expected to take place in the next two weeks, to discuss the idea.

"I'm trying to influence their thinking as we move forward," Johnson said.

In a letter sent to the company's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, Johnson asked that the company donate the Watts Road building to the Boys and Girls Club, provide lead investment for a retrofitted sports and job training complex and assign a Walmart space planner to work with volunteers to redesign the location.

Johnson's preliminary idea is gaining support in the community.

Dane County Supervisor Carousel Bayrd, District 8, said the vacant building provides a "perfect opportunity" to create a regional sports complex.

"I would love to see Walmart step up and acknowledge they have an opportunity as a big corporation to give back to the community," Bayrd said.

Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, is behind the project proposal. She said one of the greatest challenges on Madison's southwest side is a lack of constructive activities for youth in the area.

"While discussions are just beginning, I am hopeful that Walmart will partner with our community to make our southwest Madison neighborhoods stronger by providing the Boys and Girls Club with this space in which to offer new opportunities for children, youth, and families," Subeck said in a statement.

Read More of Today's AB Headlines

Subscribe to Our Daily E-Newsletter

February 1, 2018


Copyright © 2018 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy
Page 1 of 40
Next Page
AB Show 2024 in New Orleans
AB Show is a solution-focused event for athletics, fitness, recreation and military professionals.
Nov. 19-22, 2024
Learn More
AB Show 2024
Buyer's Guide
Information on more than 3,000 companies, sorted by category. Listings are updated daily.
Learn More
Buyer's Guide