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Meijer Store Proposal Concerns Some Town Residents

About a dozen Town of Lisbon residents voice their concerns during plan commission meeting.

A group of residents voiced their concerns over the proposed Meijer store during a Plan Commission meeting on Thursday night, according to the Sussex Sun

The paper is reporting that about a dozen people - most of whom are from the Town of Lisbon - told commissioners they are concerned with the "size of the building, amount of traffic it will generate, its proximity to an adjacent wetland, and plans to operate the super center and a gas station 24 hours a day and seven days a week."  

According to the paper, this is the first sign of "potential public opposition." A flier was circulated, indicating similar concerns, throughout the village earlier this month.  

The 200,000-square-foot store, which plans to hire 200 to 250 employees, will be about 60 percent grocery and also consist of retail and pharmacy. The store is proposed for the corner of Highways K and 164.  

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

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23. That meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. Two more public hearings are scheduled for Nov. 28, according to the paper. 

An open house will be held on Thursday to introduce the community to the proposed Meijer store in Sussex, according to the Sussex Sun.   

The paper is reporting the event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Boneyard Pub & Grille. Community members will be able to view renderings and charts of the store while learning about the proposed store from company officials. 

I want Meijer October 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Jeremy Smith, village administrator is "young" He's also very much in favor of Meijer. Same can be said for most of the village board. Again, if you thought you were going to live in a quiet community thats only 20 miles from Milwaukee forever, see above reference about a bridge that"s for sale.
Resident October 21, 2012 at 05:11 PM
FYI -- all stores mentioned are within 7 miles -- not 30 miles as "I Want Meijer" seems to think. What more competition do you need? And apparently you've not shopped at Meijer before if you think they offer lower prices. More like Super Walmart with higher prices -- and Walmart's prices are not much lower than Pick 'n Save.
Adles October 22, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I don't know the Meijer's store brand, I hope it is a high quality one. I am excited that Costco moved in, the quality of their product is great and the people that work at Costco very nice. I am concerned about the size of this Meijer's store, it sounds like we are changing the store size rules in the sussex/pewaukee community to support it. I hope the local community has enough revenue to support it.
Adles October 22, 2012 at 02:47 AM
The question I have is what is going to be in down town sussex? I think part of the concern is that this is a big store that rules are being amended for, rules that all the other stores honored when they built. How many people are going to shop in downtown Sussex after it is built?.
TLPspot October 24, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Everyone here needs to show up at the meetings and send the money hungry officials e-mails indicating their displeasure. Look at the Cannery land....look at the old Zindl farm that is sitting vacant..Sussex had these big ideas about developing those parcels and what did we get...nothing but dirt hills. Why not build this by the Old Marchese's where there is already infrastructure to support such a place. I don't agree with the store at all however if considered, why out on the outskirts of town?. Hwy K is already a ZOO...can you imagine what that road will be like if this store is built. I feel sorry for anyone that works in the industrial park or travels Hwy K. Time to work on the DNR because that land has adjacent wetlands that need DNR approval.

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