Editor's Note: This article has been updated after incorrect information about Meijer's location was posted.
Meijer, a food, clothing and home goods store, is planning to locate in a vacant parcel of land on East Sunset Drive, pending all government approvals.
Construction is planed to begin in 2014 with the store opening scheduled in 2015, if everything moves forward according to the preliminary timeline.
“This has been and will continue to be a team effort," said Mayor Jeff Scrima in a news release. "We look forward to the quality of products, economic revitalization of the East Sunset Drive corridor, and the career opportunities that Meijer’s will provide to our community.”
Scrima and Dave Smart, a local realtor, reached out to Meijer in 2011, according to a news release from the mayor. Meijer has more than 200 stores in the Midwest area and has recently entered the Wisconsin market.
“The vitality of the City of Waukesha has been a driving force behind Meijer ’s decision to locate a store here,” Smart said in the news release. “Meijer’s takes nothing for granted and looks forward to working with the City to obtain the necessary entitlements for construction and operation of proposed facilities.”
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Meanwhile, the Waukesha Kmart building, 120 E. Sunset Drive, has been vacant for more than a year and is getting a major renovation in the area. Endeavour Corporation is purchasing the property and is renovating the former Kmart building into several commercial units.
The city is looking to provide a $2.6 million pay as you go tax incremental financing incentive to help the $13 million renovation for the Kmart project.
Xperience Fitness is also planning a move from West Sunset Drive to East Sunset Drive as developers look to revitalize the abandoned Kmart building.