Construction on Mokena Meijer to begin this year
BY GINGER BRASHINGER Correspondent February 12, 2013 8:06PM
Updated: March 14, 2013 6:50AM
After months of discussion with Mokena village officials, Meijer will begin construction on a new store later this year, according to the village’s website.
The Michigan-based big-box store will construct a 190,000-square-foot facility on land it owns at the corner of Route 30 and Wolf Road in Mokena Marketplace.
The store will include grocery, apparel, electronics, pet supplies, hardware, and home goods sections. A drive-up pharmacy, gas pumps and garden center also are planned.
The village expects the new business to create about 250 jobs and generate about $750,000 in new sales tax revenue.
Mokena School District 159 stands to gain about $150,000 in property tax revenue.
Trustee John Mazzorana, acting mayor at Monday’s village board meeting, said the Mokena Meijer will be the only newly constructed Meijer store in the area in the last five years. A Meijer store in Orland Park previously was a Value City store.
Mazzorana said two commercial realtors he has spoken to said they already have had about a dozen inquiries about outlot properties around the Meijer site in Mokena Marketplace. He said that will add even more new businesses in the next few months.
“They expect the outlots to go quick, real quick,” Mazzorana said.
Meijer plans to open some time in 2014.