Meijer Store Delayed By Road Project
It could be another four years before the retailer comes to Romeoville.
A Meijer store is still on track to open in Romeoville — but it could take a while.
Community Development Director Steve Rockwell said the retailer will build a store near Weber and Renwick roads, but upcoming Will County roadway improvements have temporarily put the brakes on the project.
Approved by the village in 2009, Meijer's plans call for a 156,544-square-foot store near the northeast corner of Weber and Renwick, along with a 2,640-square-foot gas station. The store will also have a drive-through pharmacy window.
But first, Will County has big plans for Weber and Renwick, which are both county highways.
County engineer Bruce Gould said construction could start in 2011 on the $11 million project. The Weber Road portion of the project will be an extension of earlier work that transformed the road into a six-lane highway near the Target store.
"We'll match into that," Gould said. "It will be three lanes in each direction from Renwick to where the six lanes are at Target south of Airport Road."
Renwick will become a five-lane highway, with two traffic lanes and a left-turn lane in each direction. Before the road project can get under way, Gould said, the county must finish acquiring the land it needs to complete the work.
"We have 33 parcels of right-of-way to acquire," he noted. "Obviously, there could be hold-ups in the land acquisition."
Gould estimated it will take two construction seasons to complete the project.
"The intersection will be very large then," he said, adding increased traffic on Weber make the project a necessity.
"It's needed because of the large volume of traffic and what's anticipated in the future, not just with the Meijer but because of that growth that's expected," Gould said.
Rockwell estimated construction on the Meijer store will begin sometime in 2012.
"By March 2012, we hope everything's done and we're ready to build it," he said.
The retailer has locations in Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Oswego. The company owns the 40-acre parcel at Weber and Renwick, including outlots for several smaller stores.
"Meijer would be here today, but they don't want to be here with Renwick all torn up," Rockwell added.