But no Walmart deal is in the works, a spokeswoman for the site said Wednesday.
"We are evaluating all options and have not made any firm plans for Promenade 23," said Carrie Murray, a spokeswoman for Houston-based Weingarten Realty, which owns the '70s-era shopping center.
"We do not have current or future plans to develop a Walmart at this location."
So, Walmart shoppers hoping for a Seattle experience soon, sorry. Anti-Walmart types gearing up for a local fight, you can let your guard down.
But fans of the Red Apple grocery, which the rumored Walmart was supposed to replace, may have reason to mourn. George Staggers, CEO of CADA, a Central District development group, said Weingarten wants to bring in a more "financially substantial" anchor tenant to the site.
Red Apple, a smaller grocery, is on a short-term lease, and the site, with its lackluster storefronts, has languished for years. In contrast, the northern half of Promenade 23, on the other side of Jackson, has flourished with a busy Starbucks and Walgreens.
"They're probably talking to all the major retailers," said Staggers, whose group has worked to revitalize 23rd and Jackson. He understood Red Apple's long-time history in the neighborhood - the owner grew up in the Central District - but said the corner needs work. There's also interest in adding housing units to the site, which can rise to 65 feet, he said.
"It needs a refresh," Staggers said. "Soemthing needs to happen."
Walmart has three locations in Washington, in Bellevue, Lynnwood and the Spokane Valley, which opened this month.