By Ken DeLaat
It starts in April.
A bit of the scent of spring in the air, flowers beginning to push their way through the ground, the return of baseball, graduation looming for high school seniors…..
And in Fremont the shovels hit the ground for the much anticipated Meijer store that will be rising in the western reaches of town along Green.
April is the target date for groundbreaking and one year later in April of 2019 plans are for the 50,000 square foot retail giant to open their doors to the public.
N3 reported last December on the progress of the process and area residents have waited as negotiations for the project continued at a slow crawl culminating in this week's closing.
The project will fall immediately within city jurisdiction, per the updated/revised Joint 425 Agreement between the City and Dayton & Sheridan Townships, and the City has been working with their engineer to include additional city public infrastructure in coordination with their project.
The progress thus far?
“The City of Fremont is pleased to welcome Meijer to the Fremont community and look forward to the positive economic and social impact that follows their development projects," said Fremont City Manager Todd Blake. "They are truly one of West Michigan’s own and the City is looking forward to this new partnership.”
Meijer is a family-owned and privately-held company with well over 225 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The original store was located in Greenville and opened in 1934.
N3 will bring you more details as they become available.