Sunday, September 16, 2012
The opening date for the long-anticipated second Milwaukee area location for Trader Joe's has been set, as final construction touches are under way.
When Meijer Inc. requested permits for a new supercenter store in Wauwatosa, there was some discussion about oversaturating the grocery market in the area. It's about to get a bit more crowded yet. The long-anticipated opening of Trader Joe's, just four blocks from the Tosa city limits on Blue Mound Road, is tenatively set for Nov. 2. Developer Ryan Cos. of Minneapolis, Minn., recently turned over the newly constructed building to Trader Joe's to prepare for occupation, said Tony Barranco, Ryan Cos. vice president of development. The date could get accelerated or pushed back, Barranco cautioned. But he said last week about 30 workers for Trader Joe's were in the building, installing casings and racks, preparing the interior for opening. "…
Megastore promises to be an integral part of the community, rooted in the changing needs of consumers.
As big-box chains go, Meijer Inc. is not all that big. The supercenter retailer, combining a full supermarket grocery and discount general merchandise, is not even national – and far from it. If Meijer's plans bear fruit, Wisconsin will soon be just the sixth state it has entered, joining Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Regional player Meijer has proposals in the works to build megastores in Wauwatosa, Franklin and Grafton as its first inroads into The Dairy State. But that doesn't mean Meijer is a newcomer in the industry. "Meijer pioneered the supercenter, in Grand Rapids in 1962," said Frank Guglielmi, director of public relations for the Michigan-based company. "It was the first modern store to combine full lines of …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Needing separate actions on Burleigh property to make supercenter proposal work, Meijer draws unanimous nods on all three from city panel.
- Jim Price
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The City of Wauwatosa, some of its citizens, and its Plan Commission, had developed a reputation for being less than welcoming to big-box retailers. Some years ago, the city went so far as to pass an ordinance requiring expensive remediation plans from any big-box operator in case they should later abandon a site – a demand that many thought would simply keep them all away. Last year, Walmart got some initial pushback when it requested permission to refurbish a vacant grocery store as a new Walmart Market – and that doesn't come close to qualifying as a big box. But when Meijer Inc. brought forward a plan Monday night for a 157,000-square-foot "supercenter" development on the south side of West Burleigh Street at North 112th, the Plan …