Kroger eyes Altum parcel

May 19, 2009
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KrogerKroger is looking at land in Zionsville for a new store. The Cincinnati-based grocer is in talks with the owners of Altum's Garden Center along Michigan Road between 106th and 116th Streets, real estate sources say. Owner Dana Altum declined to comment on a potential sale. She said the 51-year-old family business is open and will remain open for the foreseeable future. A spokesman for Kroger also would not comment on a potential deal. Kroger does not yet have a store in Zionsville. Its closest locations are along West 86th Street just west of Township Line Road and at 71st Street and Georgetown Road.
  • woopteedoo.... anything else?
  • I know it must be rough for them with the Home Depots and Lowes of the world eating into their profits, but I would be very sad to see them go.
  • Altums is one of the best. don't sell out Dana....
  • As if the mega Marsh to the south isn't enough, now Kroger wants a piece of this fast-growing retail corridor? We don't need another grocery store around here. Altum's has been a big part of Zionsville and the surrounding community for decades. I'm sure this is a hard business decision for the Altum family. For them to sell out to another big box retailer would be a sad and definite loss of a fine locally-owned company. Nick's comment about Home Depot and Lowe's is valid, yet Altum's personal service, charitable giving and local knowledge can never be replaced.
  • I wonder who the developer would be. Typically developers don't make much (if anything) on the big box, it's the b-shops and the outlots where they make their money. Given the current lending environment, or lack there of for commercial real estate, and the fact that there are still outlots and plenty of vacant b-shops already available in that corridor, I don't think there are too many folks who would be jumping on this. Plus I can't imagine Kroger would be that interested knowing there is still the possibility hanging out there of a Super Wal-Mart going in right across the street. Just my opinion.
  • I was wondering when Kroger would move in on Zionsville. But that is awfully close to Marsh and Super Target. Three grocery stores in a half mile? That's a bit much even for that very sprawly area. Plus I would be really sad to see Altums go. I'm there almost every weekend. Instead, Kroger should consider the other end of Zionsville, by Anson.
  • Good suggestion, knowitall. 3 grocers within 1 mile on 421 doesn't make fiscal sense, while Anson area could definitely use a Kroger. This would greatly impact Marsh at Boone Village shopping center.
  • Wasn't there a deal with Kroger at Anson that fell through early on? While I'd like at Anson, I don't see the viability on 421 as other have indicated, and I won't trek from West Zville to get there for a quick grocery trip; there is a Kroger in Brownsburg on 267, plus the Marsh at Boone Village is much better since Sun Capital's ownership & remodel.
  • There's already plans for a Meijer in the Anson development
  • Those super evil developers and business owners are at it again. If only the dweebs on these forums were in charge this site would either stay as is, become a park, or organic market and craft bazaar.
  • I think a Trader Joe's on 344 would be a big hit. Something different at the very least.
  • The dream of opening a business is giving it to your kids or selling it (land) to a bigger business. They've passed it down at least once in 50 years I guess its time to sell. Hold out for the most you can get. They got the money and want the land= big payday for entreprenuers.
  • What Kroger wants, Kroger gets! Just look at Nora where they are building a too big store AND a gas station up against the Monon Trail! It doesn't matter to them that there is a Whole Foods and a Marsh right across the street. It doesn't matter that traffic there is already a nightmare--who cares how the big gas tankers and food semis will get in to replenish stock. Good neighbor Kroger pushes in to wherever they want.
  • What happened to the supposed plans to expand the Kroger downtwon on 16th Street?
  • The concept of a WalMart Supercenter envisioned along Michigan Road, north of 106th, has not gone away. Those folks usually get what they want. Time and patience...
  • These new massive Krogers really suck. The College Mall Kroger in Bloomington recently expanded and it is an absolute nightmare. The new layout forces you to wonder all around the store rather than systematically up and down the isles. GREAT for selling more stuff, horrible for shoppers.

    Doesn't relate to the Kroger of 421, but I had to vent about it.
  • Really, really wish Kroger would upgrade / expand some of their current locations; i.e., 16th and Central, before racing into new territory. With Fall Creek Place continuing to grow and the Old Northside well established, why isn't that area a priority for them??
  • Good bye to over priced plants, So So customer service. Couldnt keep up or would not keep up with the changing times. BOO HOO. Move on and dry your eyes.
  • Altum's has been looking to sell that ground for over two years. Not surprised that it would go to Kroger. They have the money to pay for the site.
  • Landscaper is correct. Improper use of property. Cash out, pay off debt. Kroger would be welcomed by us Z'ville residents as Marsh is overpriced and Target just sux

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