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Meijer moves forward with site plan at Glen Carbon

By May 25, 2022May 27th, 2022Site plan

Meijer asked to move forward with his site plan for downtown Orchard in Glen Carbon during a construction and development meeting on Tuesday.

The Michigan-based grocery chain has stepped forward to replace Menards as the project’s flagship store following the hardware chain’s termination of its purchase agreement with the village earlier this month.

The committee approved the measure, 3-0. The director of construction and development of the village, Stacy Jose, was on vacation.

“Menards has been unable to close the property with the current developer, the Staenberg Group,” village administrator Jamie Bowden said. “The developer proceeded to push Meijer forward.”

Besides running lumber, patio furniture, lawn and garden, and furnace filters at the grocery store, Meijer demanded 24-hour operation, which no other grocer in the village or the surrounding municipalities does not currently offer. Additionally, the grocer would cover nearly 160,000 square feet, nearly 50,000 less than Menards at 209,000 square feet.

In addition to asking to remain open all the time, Meijer will ask for more parking spaces as well as licenses or permits for the sale of alcohol, a pharmacy drive-thru, an outdoor exhibition/sale, a program of pickup with eight parking spaces and a garden center. Bowden added that Meijer is considering adding a convenience store and gas station to the site, but it’s not final yet.

Mike Flickinger, who is part of Meijer’s real estate department, gave the committee an introduction and overview of the company at Tuesday’s meeting.

Meijers plans to sell general merchandise, lawn and garden supplies, food and liquor, and a pharmacy in the new store and hire an average of about 250 employees over three shifts. The store would be 60% grocery and 40% retail.

Flickinger said a pillar of the company is giving back to its communities. He said a minimum of six percent of his annual net profits are donated to charities. The company has internal partnership programs that add to this gift in return.

Sustainability is another pillar of the company. He said Meijer has been recognized for its fleet of clean diesel vehicles, its reduction in carbon emissions and its refrigeration program. In the company pharmacy, he said there were free prenatals available as well as free antibiotics.

The store requested 541 parking spaces, eight more than needed, 20 ADA accessible spaces, also eight more than needed, plus two bike racks. Three derogations are requested: one for three monumental signs, one of which is off-site; one for the total area of ​​the sign; and one for 32.5-foot-tall parking lights. Meijer notes that the height of the building would be between 18 and 36 feet compared to the height of 45 feet requested by Menards.

Flickinger and Tim Lowe, Staenberg’s vice president for leasing and development, said it typically takes 12 months to build and open a Meijer, but it’s too early at this point to talk about a big date. opening.

Some changes from Menards may include two connections to the nearby Madison County Transit Goshen Trail, versus a single connection from Menards, as well as a common area, including bike racks, internal sidewalk connections as well as outdoor tables for hikers and cyclists. The smaller footprint offered by Meijer and more green space makes this possible, Lowe said.

Lowe, Bowden and others at the party hall are aware of the arrival of more tenants than Chick-fil-A. The names of potential tenants were not named at the meeting.

“I think we’re going to have a very qualitative selection of restaurants and off-plot users in this project,” Lowe said. “Meijer helps with that. Meijer has upped the game a bit. Most people want to be there because it’s on Troy Road and everyone wants to be on Troy Road but I think the fact that Meijer is here has a changed the dynamics little.

“As we know, two have been announced. One is Chick-fil-A as the first candidate. We have a very nice combination of three or four quality sit-down restaurants with maybe a few other fast-casuals, and then some really good fast food. All the good names, all the national brands and all that’s not in this market today.”

This plan has not been reviewed extensively by the building and zoning or public works departments as usual, as it is only a concept plan. All plans and documents are only thoroughly reviewed after approval by the building and development and official plans have been submitted by the developer. During this review process, plans submitted may not comply with all village codes and additional waiver requests may be made.

The next steps in the process are for Meijer representatives and the developer to return to planning and zoning with a preliminary site plan with all deviations. If approved during planning and zoning, the full council will vote on the final site plan later this summer.