August 20, 2019
Updated: May 29 at 9:15 a.m.

Site plans submitted to planning commission for possible Meijer store


WEST BRANCH — After years of rumors and some wishful thinking, Meijer’s expansion into Ogemaw County could finally come to be, as site plans have been submitted to the county planning commission for approval.
According to the site plans, if approved the facility would be located on the west of end town adjacent to the former Turner’s gas station.
The planned facility is a smaller footprint for the Michigan-based company and will be approximately 159,000 square feet, including a garden center and a drive-thru pharmacy.
Ogemaw County Zoning Administrator Ryan Veeder said he is hopeful that the project solidifies and the store is built.
“This would establish the 215 exit,” Veeder said.
Veeder said the west side of town has long struggled to draw traffic, but an anchor store like Meijer could change that and spur additional growth on that side of town.
According to the plans, the developed site would include a 3,300-square-foot Meijer convenience store and three outlots for possible development. The overall size of the proposed property, including outlots and undeveloped land, is approximately 57.49 acres.
Veeder said when the Meijer engineers submitted the preliminary plans, it included a message.
“Just to make it clear in case you are asked about this, Meijer’s just currently doing their due diligence and investigating whether or not they want to, or if then even can, purchase the property,” the message stated. “If they are able to purchase the property, construction probably still wouldn’t start for a couple of years. This is just the first step in their process.”
Ogemaw Township Supervisor Denis Stephens said the development would greatly benefit the township.
“It would definitely be a shot in the arm,” Stephens said.
However, Stephens was not entirely optimistic, saying the company has been in talks with the township before and pulled out.
“We aren’t getting all excited about it yet because it’s all preliminary,” he said. “The last time we got excited and they backed out.”
However, Stephens said the township is working with the company to address needs such as water and sewer service, hoping to help stimulate the development.
Veeder, who is also a member of the West Branch Township Downtown Development Authority, said the development would generate additional revenue in the county, including additional revenue for the Ogemaw Township DDA.
“It will be good for the township and it will be good for the city,” Veeder said.
The Herald attempted to reach out to representatives from Meijer but calls were not returned by press time.

Updated: May 29 at 9:15 a.m. to reflect the printed story


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This is a PERFECT opportunity for Ogemaw Township and our surrounding area. WELCOME Meijer!!!!

Saturday, May 11 | Report this

Perfect! We sure need one. Walmart is so overwhelmed most of the time with people that there's not much left on the shelves!

Now, if we could just talk Leo's Coney Island to come up this way :)

Double WELCOME to Meijer!

| Sunday, May 12 | Report this

We really, REALLY need to have a Meijer! Just left W mart and the stock is horrible! What is going on with that store?

Everyone was complaining. If they can't keep stock on the shelves now, what will happen when we get our downstate visitors up here? Just my opinion, but we have too many residents up here now and not enough product in the stores. PLEASE let Meijer build up here. We need them desperately!


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