Roundup: Meijer moves Westfield store forward

Plans for a Meijer grocery store in Westfield are finally moving forward.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based grocery and general merchandise chain purchased a 33-acre property at the southeast corner of State Road 32 and Spring Mill Road in Westfield in April 2016. But the company had remained mum on its plans for the last three years.

Now, Meijer is ready to advance the long-awaited project.

The retail giant recently filed a detailed development plan, a zoning amendment and a secondary plat with the Westfield-Washington Advisory Plan Commission.

Plans show the store will be a bit smaller than what was proposed in April 2016—160,000 square feet vs. 190,000 square feet. A 3,500-square-foot convenience store and gas station will accompany the store.

The convenience store and gas station would be built on the northeast corner of the site, with the grocery store and an unidentified future project built at the south end of the property.

The plan commission has already approved the development plan. The zoning amendment, which modifies sign and architectural standards to accommodate the grocery store, was continued from the Oct. 21 meeting to a future meeting.

City and Meijer officials are still working on final designs, Westfield spokeswoman Vicki Duncan Gardner told IBJ.

In other North of 96th retail and business news:

— 120WaterAudit, currently located in downtown Zionsville, has signed an agreement to lease office space at Zionsville Town Hall. The company will occupy space on the second floor of the building dedicated to zWorks businesses. ZWorks is Zionsville’s co-working space, which operates in two locations in downtown Zionsville. The suites at town hall are designed to accommodate businesses that have graduated out of zWorks but are not quite ready for standalone office space.

―The Urban Chalkboard in Carmel is closing. The learning studio and play café at 452 E. Carmel Drive opened five years ago but will close Oct. 25. The learning studio said its lease expires in November and it has chosen not to renew. Instead, The Urban Chalkboard is exploring new opportunities “not limited by our four walls or a single physical location.”

―Marco’s Pizza has opened in Whitestown at 7119 Whitestown Parkway. The Whitestown Marco’s Pizza is owned by Davinder and Jasvir Khangura. Toldeo, Ohio-based Marco’s Pizza is one of the fastest-growing pizza companies in the country, opening an average of one store every three days. The company has more than 900 stores in 34 states.

―Riverview Health on Oct. 30 will hold an open house to unveil its first of four combination ER and urgent-care centers. The Fishers location, 9690 E. 116th St., will open to patients in early November. Riverview Health plans to build four combo centers—one in Fishers, one near Castleton and two in Carmel. The health system currently has an emergency room in Noblesville and Westfield.

―Eat the Frog Fitness has opened its Carmel location at 12751 N. Pennsylvania St. Eat the Frog offers small group training classes 24/7. Eat the Frog Fitness has gyms across the country and offers franchise opportunities. The fitness company also has a Massachusetts Avenue location.

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