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Meijer Drops Plans For Franklin Store

Meijer, which is proposed to anchor the Drexel Town Square development project, had also been planned for Highway 100 and Loomis Road in Franklin.

Meijer has informed the city of Franklin it is dropping plans to build a store at Highway 100 and Loomis Road, according to a Franklin NOW report.

The site caused a variety of problems for the company, according to the report, including a difficulty getting approvals from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build on or near wetlands.

Michigan-based Meijer, which offers grocery and general merchandise, is preparing to enter the Milwaukee market and has been proposed to anchor the Drexel Town Square redevelopment project in Oak Creek at Drexel and Howell avenues.

Developers are planning a new downtown for Oak Creek at the center of the site, with shops and apartments leading to a town square, and 500 to 600 high-end apartments on the west end of the property.

Meijer stores have also been proposed in Wauwatosa, Sussex and Grafton.

Catrina January 29, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Is OC going to be the "lucky" victim to get the store built on the Delphi land? What a poor choice of anchor.
Peter K January 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM
I hope that Oak Creek residents make enough of a stink about this planned project, so that Meijer pulls out of the Drexel Town Square project also. There is more than enough grocery stores in this area already.
Dan Vitek January 30, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Here again the aldermen will not listen to the taxpayers of Oak Creek only to the special interest groups , Who are the special interest groups well who owns the Delphi site w.e. engerys who stands to gain by selling the propertyy w.e. engry who stands to lose the tax payer . If the aldermen had any back bone they would put it on the spring election as a referund and let the people speak after all isnt that the way it is suppose to be . For far to long the people in Oak Creek have not been heard by the elected offficials . Maybe its time to dust off the recall forms
Jan Massie January 30, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Another Big Box store, why not another Walmart? How many grocery shops do we need in Oak Creek? In less than a mile there is Target, Pick n Save, Woodmans. I remember when Grand Avenue had all shoe stores, I guess we will be the Grocery Mile. Not happy regardless of what other stores it will bring...I still shop at Sendiks. I highly recommend the residents go to the Meeting in February.
Be Logical January 30, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I love the deep-thinkers that say, if something is proposed that you don't agree with, then you should recall all the elected officials. Does everybody realize that for nearly every proposal, there are an equal number of people on the other side, who think the opposite? While Meijers isn't an anchor in the traditional sense, they may be the traffic generator needed to draw other smaller retailers to the site. That's what people that actually attended the Council meeting heard from the Wispark representative, an expert on local retail, and two of the highest-profile developers in south-eastern Wisconsin, Rick Barrett and Blair Williams. Oak Creek already has a Target and a Kohls, Southridge is the only 5 anchor mall in Wisconsin with geographic protections on where competitors can locate, and cities that want big-name anchors have to pay upwards of $30-40million dollars just to get them to come to the table. I'm pretty sure Oak Creek residents wouldn't support that expenditure. From the proposal at the Council Meeting, a Meijers would make up about 20% of the total site, and the remaining retail space would be a larger percentage of the total property, which would be dedicated to all those other "unique" retailers and restaurants that citizens are calling for. Keeping an open mind is a rare quality nowadays...before you throw an idea out the window, you might want to read the brochure first...
Terri January 30, 2013 at 04:22 PM
The reality is that the aldermen and other OC officials (and I use that term loosely) do not care about the OC residents. If they did they would listen to them and act on their concerns. Nope. All they are interested in is the green that will line their pockets. What comes around goes around.
Terri January 30, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Agreed.
zzz January 30, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Oak Creek,WI is now the home of the most grocery stores per capita..... What's next??.... How about another strip mall???
Oak creek resident January 30, 2013 at 07:01 PM
I do not believe that there are an equal amount of people that believe that this is a good idea. Meijer stores are huge retail stores known as hypermarkets that are typically well over 100,000 sq ft. They are huge stores with huge parking lots-like a Superwalmart. The initial concept for the Delphi property was to create a downtown like area for the city with the hope to attract destination type shops that would attract shoppers to the area. Meijers does not fit that concept. There are rumors in Oak Creek that Ikea had interest in Oak Creek. That would seem like a much better choice. A choice like that would attract more shoppers and other businesses to the area when compared to a Meijer store. Oak creek is well situated in that it has the potential to serve most Milwaukee south to Kenosha. Our government officials might need to do a little work on this one rather than just sign on the first option. In the end, if Meijer wants to build a store, there is a lot of open property in Oak Creek. Just don't locate it at the Delphi site where the community was excited about the prospects of new town center-not another big discount store. I can state that everyone that I have spoken to about this development is strongly against a Meijer as an anchor. It may be a small slice of Oak Creek, but it certainly demonstrates strong opposition.
Disappointment in the OC January 30, 2013 at 07:21 PM
If Meijer is the "anchor", I shudder to think what the smaller stores and outlot businesses that it might attract. Probably another subpar dollar store or maybe, just maybe, a Big Lots. OC dreams big.
Disappointment in the OC January 30, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Who are the people that keep mentioning Ikea? Ikea in Oak Creek? Have you people even been to an Ikea? Have you seen what retail areas look like near an Ikea? Oak Creek is not really a logical, trendy, up and coming area for an Ikea, folks. Look at the area businesses, look at the demographic, look at the people (!). An Ikea surrounded by fast food restaurants and dumpy Woodman's. Sure.....
Terri January 30, 2013 at 09:16 PM
OC has to start somewhere. Why not an Ikea? While I did not bring up the idea initally, the idea does have merit. And by the way, Ikea being a trendy store is just the impression that people have placed upon it. I have purchase three Jansjo lamps and one floor lamp from Ikea. The three Jansjo burned out within a week of plugging them in and the inline switch on the floor lamp is faulty. Ikea may be seen as "trendy" by people simply because they are a european store that has come to the US, but the inferiority of some of their products does not give much credibility to be trendy and upscale. I don't see them as any better than a Meier's, Home Depot or Boston Store. So, yes, an Ikea in OC is a feasible idea. If the residents can tolerate a broken lamp or two or three.
Terri January 30, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Look at it this way. If there is a major crisis, OC residents won't have far to go to get their canned goods and water. I'd rather be in a place with alot of food stores than housewares if a serious crisis occured.
jack ryan January 31, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Woodmans is rather dumpy looking.
oak creek resident February 01, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Panic has overtaken most of you commenting here. What is the problem? Why don't you want growth in Oak Creek? Now Meijer isn't good enough for you? You need only "high end" business coming to Oak Creek. My, my, aren't we the hoity toity ones. I welcome Meijer. It will bring down prices at the other stores who will be competing for business. That is good for the consumer. Plus, it will bring many jobs. I don't always agree with city officials, but sometimes no matter what they do, it's never good enough. I look forward to shopping at Meijer, and welcome their business to Oak Creek.
Michael February 02, 2013 at 11:11 PM
I welcome Meijer to the area. I have shopped Meijer in Chicago. It is a very nice store with an excellent bakery and deli. Excellent customer service. A very organized store. If Oak Creek does not want Meijer we would welcome them in Greenfield. We will take their tax dollars and their great store

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