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Meijer Plans Possible 2015 Opening in Waukesha

New grocery store, if all government approvals are given, will locate on East Sunset Drive.

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.

Me May 02, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Visited the store down in Illinois after my cousin in Michigan said how much she loved her Meijer store. It was an adventure in the food section checking out the different brands that we don't have in this area. Nice variety and competitive prices. Also enjoyed the non-food section of the store. It would be a breath of fresh air to have something different in the area. We are so overloaded with Targets and Walmarts. It makes for a more competitive market to have a wider variety of options available to consumers.
Pam Koehler May 02, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Another grocery store, ughhh! Already have 2 Picks, Woodmans soon to open, old Walmart is going to be a Walmart grocery. How about some more restaurants? We have Chili's & Buffalo Wild Wings (which I'm not wild about).
Annette Ninneman May 02, 2013 at 06:42 PM
It's not just another grocery store. You can basically buy everything there. Meijer is way better than Walmart and Target. I grew up in Michigan and grew up shopping at Meijer. I'm so excited to have this happen. I will be done with Pick N Save for sure and I probably won't have to ever go to Walmart again if Meijer does build in Waukesha. I really can't stand the Waukesha Walmart!
Carol White May 02, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Several excellent places to eat downtown...chain restaurants are so so. Try Key Westconsin, Peoples Park, Rochester Deli, or The Steaming Cup!
Patrick Colton May 02, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Moved here from Michigan (Meijer home)....This would up-grade the grocery industry in Wi,,Pic- N Save has to be the dirtiest store in the state...and Walmart not to far behind.....Meijer will change the area......Good Luck
Louise May 03, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Could Waukesha get something in the way of a half decent restaurant perhaps? There's NOWHERE to eat out here! Or maybe somewhere to bring kids during the long winters? It's astounding to me that a city this size is so lacking in the things that seem like a no brainer for keeping property values up and quality of life high. In other words, making it a place that people want to live.
KKM May 03, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Again another effort to drive smaller and LOCAL business out. Another grocery store????Really Scrima? Not very creative for this community. This goes along with building more apartment complexes instead of single family homes and the empty store fronts downtown. We need a new mayor with a better sustainable vision for this city.
Mr Lundt May 03, 2013 at 02:53 PM
KKM To being with I question the need for yet another grocery store. However---Do you really think Scrima went out and looked for another grocery store? You are being petty and foolish. The fact is that in general terms we WANT businesses to find Waukesha a good place to be. We want all businesses to want to be here... and few should be rejected. Secondly Meijer's plan was to enter in to a variety of cities in the Milwaukee market--Scrima had NOTHING to do with that. You clearly have a Scrima ax to grind. You lose credibility when you whine about GOOD news. If you have a great business plan open the doors to your business. Government needs to get out of the way unless it is an extreme business (opening a porno shop across from a high schools or a strip mine downtown...).
Me May 03, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Agree! Try the local restaurants! Chains are nothing more than fast food with a waitress ;)
Me May 03, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Try the 'Y' for the kiddies! They have so much to offer! And don't forget, we got through the long winters just fine as kids... without indoor playlands and trampoline parks.
Me May 03, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Call the media! I am agreeing with Mr Lundt ;) On all but the first sentence that is :) I live on the opposite side of Waukesha from where the new Woodmans is going in. I probably will not frequent them on a regular basis. I would welcome a change from the same old same old Walmart and Pick N Save offerings. Now, what would be even better than a Meijer's?? A locally owned and operated SENDIKS in the area!!!
Mr Lundt May 03, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Great Call Carol. If Pam can't find a good restaurant it because she is not looking.
Thomas McMahon May 03, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I guess getting taxed by the new TIFD, which will come out of my pocket ( i live in it) will pay for it? Although I think Meijer's will be a good thing, Couldn't they just buy Kmart's old location and go In there? Or Jewels? There seems to be properties that are open and vacant, Why not make one there?
Nichole Rolain Carlson May 03, 2013 at 04:50 PM
We have an empty Walmart, kmart and jewel. Why another store? Wreck some more land people aren't going to pick up. Use up the empty buildings. look by the new target and pick n save, u got all of them stores and not a single place sends there workers out to clean up litter.
Mr Lundt May 03, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Nichole Had you been paying attention both the old Wal-Mart and the K-mart are being developed as we speak.
KKM May 03, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I live near these so called great ideas. We've watched business after local business be lost to outside, out of state cut rate businesses. From full time to an overwhelming part time state of hiring. Will they bring in sustainable wages or are we just happy with people working 3 jobs to just get by. I have a real problem with a city that encourages transient living with already a huge number of apartments left empty and over saturated same businesses. Instead of filling up already existing buildings and scorching the earth with yet another redundant business. This city has become a mish mosh of business with no sense.The Fox shoppes have five shops just for women alone. I have been to those planning meetings, why so many oppose these grand new businesses, apartment complexes in their neighborhoods? So if I have an ax to grind with the mayor it's because he is to help this city be a cohesive place to live and work and have the board with a vision of that. So Lundt and Free Speech....do you live in those neighborhoods? Do you go to the panning meetings? Do you work for part time wages that give you just enough hours not to qualify for benefits, do you live next to an apartment building with there share of trouble and traffic? Yes get out of the way government (and don't hand out TIF's if you want government out of the way, let them play their own way) and lets just build, build, build and drive, drive, drive local business out, out, out.
Mr Lundt May 03, 2013 at 06:38 PM
@KKM-If you have a business plan with high paying jobs I would support you as well. So you want the government to step in and fix "This city has become a mish mosh of business with no sense" The plan is that people that think they can make a business run here should be encouraged to do so. While it is nice and desirable to get a variety of jobs here (white collar, blue collar , full and part time) it turn out there are a lot of communities willing to pay for those. However in these stores there will be a mix of full and part time positions. Having a blue ribbon task force with a "plan" does not mean much. What city is not working on getting great employers into their area? You are full of venom but not real world solutions. What should the city actually do differently? PLAN? absurd So as we are letting the free market run its course more businesses are coming in. Meaning more jobs ....bonus for all. Except for you that suggest all of these new businesses coming in means" and lets just build, build, build and drive, drive, drive local business out, out, out." Totally lacking logic on your part.
Me May 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
KKM-So because I dont do any of the things you mention, I am not capable of figuring out that new business=jobs? And, as a very successful small business owner, I can tell you, that it isn't always large business driving out small businesses. It's mismanagement, a decline in popularity of services rendered, small business tax issues, and now, ObamaCare. Small businesses and large businesses CAN work together. The POSITIVE attitudes, and willingness of BOTH types of businesses, and the community working TOGETHER, is what makes a community and thus businesses work. Not one or the other.
Me May 06, 2013 at 02:56 PM
An added note: I think I can safely say, that after all of the negative hoopla with the BID fiasco, this community has had enough of the he said she said shenannigans. It's time to come in from recess, and get to work.
Louise May 06, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Free Speech I wasn't referring to indoor playlands or trampoline parks, at all.
Me May 06, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Nichole- Have you approaced any of the businesses in the area in regards to your litter concerns? Perhaps approaching them with the idea of a business/community clean up day would be an idea? Make it an event. With refresments for volunteers and maybe some fun, green related door prizes donated by the businesses. Unless someone gets things going, they aren't going to happen.
Me May 06, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Ok. My apologies then. What are your ideas? Have you brought them to city officials for consideration? Perhaps making up a packet with proposed ideas that you have researched would help sway them. Or even just an email to them with your ideas...
Brenden Kennedy June 19, 2013 at 09:27 PM
An Xperience Fitness for the Kmart location? Gimme a break, that place will be empty within a year, along with the Old Pick...

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