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Meijer Store Opposition Forms As Flier Circulates

Increased traffic, crime and noise some of the concerns listed on the flier.

Opposition to the planned 200,000-square-foot Meijer store has developed as a meeting of concerned residents was to be held Wednesday night, according to the Sussex Sun. 

According to the paper, a flier was circulated this weekend throughout the village and the Town of Lisbon regarding the store to be located at Highways K and 164.  

The flier indicated that residents are concerned with the large retailer coming to town because of the "impact will have on (the) quality of life because of increased traffic, increased crime, noisy semi-trucks making night deliveries, increased taxes to pay for roads, sewers and the need for additional police." 

The paper also said the "flier points out that the proposed gas station and grocery/household goods stores are slated to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." 

The flier called for residents to come to the Pauline Haasss Library to voice their concerns with the plan. 

The store, which plans to hire 200 to 250 employees, will be about 60 percent grocery and also consist of retail and pharmacy. The architectural review board reviewed the plans on Tuesday. 

The company has about 200 stores in the Midwest and plans to open three other stores in the metro area.

A public hearing regarding modification of village ordinance involved in the project will be held on Oct. 23.

Mike B October 03, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Yes. God forbid we'd want a Large Retailer to come to town. That corner is vacant farmland with no houses nearby. There's a business park across K from the area. They act like it'd be in the middle of a subdivision.
Sparky October 03, 2012 at 08:43 PM
We received an inflammatory letter in our newspaper boxes recently opposing the construction of the Meijer store due to the increased traffic, crime, tax burden, and noise. I cannot disagree more with all of those points. First, competition is always healthy and the consumer wins. Second, the influx of customers will help to grow the current commercial properties in the village and will have secondary tax benefits by bringing in additional commercial tenants. As for the points in the letter which was circulated: 1. Tax burden - a new business in the community is not a tax burden, but actually provides tax relief due to increases in property taxes. 2. Crime - How exactly will a grocery store and gas station increase the crime rate? Was this effect observed in Pewaukee with the new Costco? 3. Traffic increase - There probably will be a slight traffic increase, however, it is the south end of the Village on a State Highway built for the traffic. Increased traffic will bring more commercial tenants, so as long as the traffic is managed properly this isn't an issue. 4. Noise - I don't understand who this noise will impact since the majority of the property around the area is open land or commercial property. The fact that this store will be open 24/7 is a welcome addition to the community. There are many residents who work 2nd and 3rd shift and having the option to keep their spending within the Village is a welcome change. Thanks Sussex Village Board!
Karen October 04, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I agree. It would be nice to have something 24 hrs.
Kelly October 04, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I'm all for new businesses in the area. However, from a personal standpoint, I would hate to see the store built right there. I have lived on K for over 10 years and love the area ( aside from Halquest and their blasting), but if that store is built there I will never again get to look to the west and see the night sky. (i live about a mile from the propossed spot) All I will see are parking lot lights. Not my idea of peaceful. So again, I'm all for new businesses, even 24 hour ones, just NOT on that corner.
Carol A. October 04, 2012 at 12:50 PM
It's understandable that nearby residents might oppose the new facility and I empathize; however, that corner does seem like a good spot for the store and it would be a beneficial addition to the area. It might even help the nearby strip mall attract some occupants, and enhance the community through increased employment opportunities and tax revenue. I remember going to Meijer stores in lower Michigan back in the '60s. They're nice stores and have been around for a long time.
Will Silvers October 04, 2012 at 01:23 PM
if there is no city/county money being spent on it, why would anyone care. It can only help with tax revenues, should help bring more businesses to that area and potentially increase property values. On Business!
Jen McFarland October 04, 2012 at 02:16 PM
God forbid we have a 24 hour pharmacy closer than Menomonee Falls or Wauwatosa! I'm sorry, but when the entire town closes down (save for Webb's) at 10pm and I need something for my kids in the middle of the night, I like knowing that there's something close by I can depend upon. It would be creating jobs, it's not using our tax dollars to build, and it would create a little more competition for surrounding businesses. Pretty sure if it was going to be another useless piece of business like Flabbergast or fast food joint, we wouldn't be bitching nearly as much, would we?
Pete October 04, 2012 at 02:59 PM
That seems like a great spot for a store like Meijer. I have been a major critic of the Village board, but this actually makes sense. If Meijers site survey and maketing teams think this is a viable location for a store we should welcome them with open arms. I understand some of the opposition ( I am sure most of the opposition was spawned by Pick n Save) But if Sussex is ever going to shake the "small town dead zone" image this is a good start.
Momof3 October 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I am in favor of the store and everything it has to offer. In regards to the Flabbergast comment- we love that place! Another GREAT addition to the Sussex & surrounding communities. There is nothing like that around- so clean and the kids love it! I would definitely not refer to it as 'useless'. Thank you Flabbergast! We visit you often!
I want Meijer October 04, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Man, you sound like one crabby woman!
Laurie Amstadt October 09, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Flabbergast useless? What planet are you living on? THe physical activity rather than vegging in front of a TV or computer is far from useless! In regards to Meijer store, great idea, great location. Jobs, jobs, and more jobs.
SaB October 31, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Pete; A Lot of long-timers in Sussex do Not want to shake the small town image. We want a quiet rural community. You are speaking for yourself.

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