Kroger drops plans for Michigan Road store

October 26, 2010
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KrogerThe locally owned landscape center Altum's said in a note to customers last week that Kroger has withdrawn plans to build a new grocery store on the nursery property on the edge of Carmel. The decision came just a few weeks before Altum's planned to move from its current home at 11335 N. Michigan Road about four miles north to near Michigan Road and 146th Street. The nursery is exploring other redevelopment options for its current location and still plans to move to its new home eventually. The nursery now plans to remain open at its current home at least through the holidays. “This was definitely unexpected," Dana Altum said in the note to customers. "But we’re moving on and we’re just as excited about the plans and potential.” The original plans had called for a full-size Kroger store, Kroger-branded gas station, small shops and a couple of outlots. A Kroger spokesman did not immediately return a phone message. Kroger does not yet have a store in the Zionsville/West Carmel area. Its closest locations are along West 86th Street just west of Township Line Road and at 71st Street and Georgetown Road.

UPDATE: Kroger Spokesman John Elliott says the numbers just didn't work on the Altum's site but that the chain still is interested in building a new store in the area. "That still remains a geographic gap for us, and we're determined to fill it," he said.

  • Unnecessary Sprawl
    South of 465 Michigan Road is filled with half empty strip centers and land ripe for redevelopment. They would be smart to look into redeveloping an area which has (I assume) a higher population density and take out some of the suburban blight that was abandoned for corn field development over the past decade.
    • Re: Shane
      While I agree generally I don't think that would serve the purpose in this corridor. That area of West Carmel / east of Zionsville has relatively little development (and minimal if any vacancy near 106th) and seems like a different geographic market than further down Michigan Rd in the context of how far one generally drives to get groceries. While there are certainly areas of "corn field development" around town I don't think this is the area that really applies to.
    • mixed thoughts
      Would love to have an option other than Marsh in the area and hate driving 15 mins to Kroger (not convenient), but also don't want to see more crime, etc brought to the area.
      • What?!?
        So bkbkg, Kroger = "crime etc." are you kidding me? Since when does that equation work? "OMG! development is nothing more than an opportunity for those who are different than me to come to my hood and screw things up."

        I am not a fan of big box retail, but I would prefer to see development as progress that can overcome that type of ignorance.
      • Taxes
        I sure hope Brainard wasn't counting on these additional tax dollars to pay for that white elephant / albatros they are about to open.
      • Michigan Overlay
        To Esta, you need not worry as this part of Michigan is not part of the RPAC TIF area. It is a seperate TIF area that the County is using funds to build several roundabouts in SW Clay ,expansion of the Hamilton County airport, and expansion of 146th West. Like Carmel and its TIF areas the County has used very conservative estimates for revenues. This temporary set back won't effect any of the projects.
      • RE: bkbkg
        So driving the extra 1 minute to the Super Target is too much for you?
        • No block for Sprawlmart
          This is sad because if we can choose the lesser of evils the Kroger presence would have made a new Sprawlmart less economically viable, thereby possibly blocking them from coming to the area. Too bad Kroger didn't see enough opportunity for them here. Smaller businesses like Altum's have a tough time staying in locations where development around them drives up taxes so much.
        • What? Again
          Sid, explain how development around small businesses drives up taxes... Please?
        • super target
          Nope - actually I spend way too much money at that Super Target and know the employees by name. Would like the convenience of the Kroger deals a little closer, though.
        • Target
          Ha Ha! I know all of the Target employees near my home on a first name basis too. I look down on their chest, and magically their names appear to me.
        • Not Sid
          Here goes, SE Guy: Altum moved to their current location 25 years ago, when it was farmland. The land value was much lower then. (If I'm not mistaken, their last site was on Michigan Road inside Marion County.)

          Now that they're surrounded by commercial development (again), the land value is way up.

          Increase in land value raises taxes, but doesn't do anything to raise sales. Nurseries in particular require a lot of space, so the only way to cut "space expense" is to sell, move to a more-rural area and hope the customers follow.
        • cdc guy
          Ha! Nice try, but if Altums does not voluntarily change their zoning on the property from agricultural to a commercial designation, the tax rate does not change in Indiana.
        • Changes
          No need for more grocery stores in that area - Sam's, Wal-Mart, Costco, Target, Marsh. If you want to go to Kroger, stop on way home from work or make a trip to 86th & Towne or 96th & Meridian. Altum is subject to competition of several of the above mentioned stores plus Home Depot & Lowe's. Population moves, development occurs, and change happens.
        • Kroger at 96th & Meridian
          Uhmm the 96th & Meridian Kroger has been closed for several years.

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