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Meijer Projects Throughout Area Continue To Proceed As Sussex Plans Public Hearing

Sussex schedules public hearing for Tuesday, Oct. 23 as other plans throughout the area move forward.

Sussex is not the only Milwaukee-metro community that has a Meijer store possibly on its horizon and although every municipality and commercial project is different, how the approval process has played out in Grafton and other communities may be a sign of how it will play out here.  

According to Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel, the Grafton Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit for the second time after "nearby homeowners asked the commission to reconsider its initial decision."

The commission approved the permit unanimously last week, allowing a 191,000-square-foot Meijer to be built near the Interstate 43/Highway 60 interchange, Daykin wrote in his blog. 

The commission initially approved the permit on Aug. 28, according to Daykin, before homeowners raised their concerns regarding how the store would effect property values.  

In an earlier story, Daykin detailed plans for stores in Wauwatosa and Franklin

The plan for a Meijer in Sussex is at its early stages with its first public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23

The Sussex store, to be located at Highways K and 164, will be about 200,000-square-foot complex that will . The store plans to hire 200 to 250 employees and will also include a gas station on the premise. 

Mike B October 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Glad to hear it. More competition is never a bad thing.
lana mcdermott October 13, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Change is inevitable, especially on 164. People who buy homes in that vicinity should have realize that. Personally, I look forward to the development, and the creation of jobs in the area.
Nancy K October 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Been a resident of this area for 23 years. I do not look forward to the commercialization of the area. The major reason we moved out here was for the peace and quiet and to get away from all the noise, traffic, commercialization where we lived on Brown Deer Rd. We don't need another grocery store when we have Pick n Save, Piggly Wiggly very close, and Costco, Sendik's and WalMart a very short drive away. Waukesha and Menomonee Falls aren't that far away either.
dankwen October 13, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I don't mind Meijers, I just hope the Sussex board is aware that they'll be putting one or more of the other grocery stores in the area out of business. There are 4 full service grocers within 2 miles, plus Costco and Walmart. Maybe the plan is to finally push Piggly Wiggly out of downtown? The board seems awfully happy to re-write all the rules to get another low-end grocery store here.
J Porter October 18, 2012 at 06:08 PM
We were first introduced to Meijers when we moved to Michigan in 1998, and really liked the store. Meijers was a competitor of Walmart, and did better in Michigan than the Walmart stores. We picked up some grocery items at Meijers, but bought our meat and fresh produce at a local grocery store. I don't recall Meijers ever pushing out the local grocers, so hopefully Sussex would have the same experience.

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