Meijer likely coming to West Bend
Company submits site plan to city

By ALEX ZANK - Daily News

May 4, 2015

WEST BEND - West Bend may get a new grocery store, according to a news release from the city.

The release stated the Meijer grocery chain has been evaluating a site at South Main Street and Parkway Drive. Plans submitted to the city show the proposed store would include a drive-thru pharmacy, outdoor garden center and full grocery and general merchandise departments.

“This is a huge economic shot in the arm for West Bend,” City Administrator and Department of Development Director T.J. Justice said.

Justice said the addition will complement the city’s service and retail sector and would likely lead to more developments around the property. “It is consistent with the type of growth the city has experienced along the Paradise and Main Street corridors.”

The company will present its site plan to the Plan Commission for approval, Justice said.

City Planner Mark Piotrowicz said the only other action to be taken will be the developer’s agreement at Common Council.

Piotrowicz said there may be some street improvements Meijer might be responsible for, depending on what the traffic impact analysis shows for the site. He said the analysis is usually started right after a site plan is submitted.

The city may have the analysis either before or right after the Plan Commission meeting for the site plan, he said.

Meijer has recently expanded into the Milwaukee area. According to the release, the privately held company has stores in Grafton, Oak Creek, Kenosha and Wauwatosa opening later this summer. It also plans to open stores in 2015 in Waukesha and Sussex.

“I’m very glad to see West Bend was on their radar,” Justice said.

Representatives with Meijer did not respond to several phone calls or emails by press time Friday.