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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 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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