Meijer plans Plainfield store

Meijer plans Plainfield store

There are 60 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jun 12, 2007, titled Meijer plans Plainfield store. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Meijer is planning to build a department store in Plainfield, adding to the Hendricks County town's status as a regional retailing center.

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Grrr

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Jun 12, 2007
McPhail & Co. on the Plainfield Town Council never pass up an opportunity to cover Plainfield with big box developments, whether it's retailers like Wal-Mart & Meijer or gigantic warehouses. All in the name of "diversifying the tax base" & keeping taxes low, although I guess they've been forced to effectively raise taxes by requiring an $850 payment for each new home permit...will they require that of Meijer (and multiply it by how much bigger Meijer is than a typical home)?
Ugly path

United States

#2 Jun 12, 2007
Plainfield has been on a fast track to destroy everything that was ever special about the town. Frankly I'm amazed it lasted as long as it did in this current environment of "sell your own mother if it makes a buck".

Sad.
indybody

Milwaukee, WI

#3 Jun 12, 2007
I like big stores.
Robert The Bruce

Elwood, IN

#4 Jun 12, 2007
Thanks to Duke Energy and the rest of the good ole boys for destroying Jim Lovell Field. Football, Basball, and Soccer fields replaced by a Meijer Store. What a great trade off.
Paula

Marysville, OH

#5 Jun 12, 2007
Wonderful all the Plainfield Grannies and Gramps will have a part time job now to help them pay their expenses! Ain't it GReat? All the politicians will be fat and sassie in Florida or Arizona as we work to give them their pensions!
lastrep

Columbus, IN

#6 Jun 12, 2007
Grrr wrote:
McPhail & Co. on the Plainfield Town Council never pass up an opportunity to cover Plainfield with big box developments, whether it's retailers like Wal-Mart & Meijer or gigantic warehouses. All in the name of "diversifying the tax base" & keeping taxes low, although I guess they've been forced to effectively raise taxes by requiring an $850 payment for each new home permit...will they require that of Meijer (and multiply it by how much bigger Meijer is than a typical home)?
Wow, griping about more choice in retail, more jobs, more tax base.
Send all of that development to my township, they are welcome.
Not Happy

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jun 12, 2007
I am not happy with the idea of a Meijer Store or anything for that matter. i agree with Robert the Bruce my kids play Football, Soccer, & Cheerleading on that field and it really upsets me that they are going to make it commercial. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS????? I moved to Plainfield 8-9 Years ago to get away from the fast-paced city life. i wanted and nice, quiet, family oriented town to raise my kids and now look at what Plainfield has become. I think the residents of the town should have a say so in this!!!!!!! I'ts all about money what about building a strong community with stronger familes rather than stores & etc!!!!!!
Eric D

Plainfield, IN

#8 Jun 12, 2007
Amazing how negative everyone is. I can remember 15 years ago. Then everyone complained because there was only a tiny walk-mart to shop at, and two grocery stores.

People are never happy.

Lovell Field will be replaced. It is not lost, just moved.

At least Plainfield has semi-functional law enforcement, and government. You could have Bart you know.
Grrr

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Jun 12, 2007
lastrep wrote:
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Wow, griping about more choice in retail, more jobs, more tax base.
Send all of that development to my township, they are welcome.
Be glad to. Plainfield's already got enough retail choices & $10/hour, low/no benefit retail & warehouse jobs. The current council cannot say no to any retail or industrial developers, even to the extent of completely ignoring Plainfield's supposed "comprehensive development plan" & authorizing the construction of gigantic warehouses directly next to residential neighborhoods & replacing ballfields with a totally unneeded big box store.
IndyGoGirl

AOL

#10 Jun 12, 2007
I hate the idea of a Meijer store going in there too. I live right across the street from where they will be building it. Why cant they build it down the street with all the other retail stores?
It is hard enough trying to get down 40 past all the shopping already. Now they want to stretch that an extra 2 miles.
Plainfield Boosts that it is a "Family" place to live. And I use to believe that. But now it just seems like Reatil Heaven.
Hopefully the will give the community a chance to speak out about this. I know a handful of people that will be in the front row.
Not Happy

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Jun 12, 2007
I agree with IndyGoGirl....keep all of the retail stores away from downtown Plainfield. The more Plainfield builds up the more trash that comes in. Soon you will see metro bus stops up & down 40 in Plainfield. BIGGER MEANS MORE CRIMES!!!!!!!!!! what is more important here...
Robert The Bruce

Elwood, IN

#12 Jun 12, 2007
AMEN!!!!!!!!!!
Grrr wrote:
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Be glad to. Plainfield's already got enough retail choices & $10/hour, low/no benefit retail & warehouse jobs. The current council cannot say no to any retail or industrial developers, even to the extent of completely ignoring Plainfield's supposed "comprehensive development plan" & authorizing the construction of gigantic warehouses directly next to residential neighborhoods & replacing ballfields with a totally unneeded big box store.

“Crazy about History (Get it?)!”

Since: Jun 07

Greenwood, Indiana

#13 Jun 12, 2007
Well, I am a little biased, because I worked at the Greenwood Meijer for 3 1/2 years, but I think Meijer is a horribly-run company that quite honestly probably will not be around much longer after Fred Meijer -- the Chairman Emeritus -- has passed away. In the mean time, his sons are just doing what most businesses are doing trying to make as much profit as they can. I know businesses do this -- and why not?-- but as with many places it is coming at the expense of both the workers and the customers.

If you have shopped at a Meijer store the last three years, you know the store is becoming Wal-Martized with both its cleanliness and service. The company that used to be a little more Target-like is now directly trying to compete with Wal-Mart, and they will not make it. Yes, the deals are pretty good at Meijer (I still shop the sales there since I live next to one), but be prepared to wait in line a while on a Saturday or be prepared not to find what you want on a Sunday because they are wiped out.

By the way, at the Greenwood Meijer (and maybe most of them, honestly)-- it might be a good idea to watch what produce and meat you buy there. If you only knew how many health code violations, bird and mouse problems, and general disregard for food safety there is at this store! A large part of it is the responsibility of the management there and at the Indianapolis Market director's level, but it is also the responsibility of the company when they severely limit hours and thus workers to monitor these seemingly simple issues.

Caveat Emptor I guess!
Tommy G

Elwood, IN

#14 Jun 12, 2007
Eric is right. There is semi functional goverment in Plainfield.

Plainfield pays low wages to both police and firefighters. Rich C. and the town board need to focus!!!!!!!!!!
Eric D wrote:
Amazing how negative everyone is. I can remember 15 years ago. Then everyone complained because there was only a tiny walk-mart to shop at, and two grocery stores.
People are never happy.
Lovell Field will be replaced. It is not lost, just moved.
At least Plainfield has semi-functional law enforcement, and government. You could have Bart you know.
Bubba

United States

#15 Jun 12, 2007
Most of the employees working the low/no-benefit jobs in the warehouses can't afford to live in Hendricks County anyway. We keep the property taxes from the businesses in Hendricks County, and their low-paid employees go back home to Marion County when they leave work. It's really a win-win situation for Plainfield residents. Plus the local police tend to target drivers with Marion County plates for traffic violations, and we get to keep most of the money in our county.
Grrr wrote:
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Be glad to. Plainfield's already got enough retail choices & $10/hour, low/no benefit retail & warehouse jobs. The current council cannot say no to any retail or industrial developers, even to the extent of completely ignoring Plainfield's supposed "comprehensive development plan" & authorizing the construction of gigantic warehouses directly next to residential neighborhoods & replacing ballfields with a totally unneeded big box store.
mii

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jun 12, 2007
Not Happy wrote:
I am not happy with the idea of a Meijer Store or anything for that matter. i agree with Robert the Bruce my kids play Football, Soccer, & Cheerleading on that field and it really upsets me that they are going to make it commercial. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS????? I moved to Plainfield 8-9 Years ago to get away from the fast-paced city life. i wanted and nice, quiet, family oriented town to raise my kids and now look at what Plainfield has become. I think the residents of the town should have a say so in this!!!!!!! I'ts all about money what about building a strong community with stronger familes rather than stores & etc!!!!!!
Please, please, please if you have time, attend the public hearing whenever they have it. It's a good way to let your voice be heard, and maybe if enough people go and voice their displeasure with this product, they might either not build the Meijer or they may choose another site.
John

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jun 12, 2007
Since Plainfield is so flat it makes for easy retail development. It makes sense that they would build a store in Plainfield since there is no easy way of getting to Avon. I am a little said that they couldn't make the old/empty building Wal Mart left behind work or the eye sore that was Galyans. For those of you that don't want to live in an area that has stuff to do get in your car and drive 30 or 40 miles west. This way I won't have to hear you gripe for another 3 or 4 years.
crypticgirl

Miamisburg, OH

#18 Jun 12, 2007
I find it silly, the whole idea of putting a walmart right there. why can they not put it to the east, more towards the rest of the retail shops? The Plainfield Kroger doesn't start until 267 South/Quaker Blvd...and that should be the line. There is all sorts of land opps on Quaker Blvd and more down Stafford Rd, not to mention Metropolis Mile. Why can they not stop to think about how this store will make that area look? Huge box store, another gas station and whatever else in a 30 mph area densly populated with homes.

Yet another thing to make me wonder the intelligence level of some people: like doing road work where 1 lane is closed on Main street during afternoon rush hour and not letting anyone know about it until they are right there in it. Pure Genious.
suzyq721

Montgomery, TX

#19 Jun 12, 2007
Why do they have to build the store there? Why not renovate the old WalMart and leave all the retail together? Or why not on the south side of Metropolis? I've been here 3 years and while I like some of shopping we have, there is everything you could ever want on US 36 - just a few minutes away. Why do we have to clog up US40 too? I'm not opposed to Meijer, just the proposed location.
Clueless

United States

#20 Jun 12, 2007
John wrote:
Since Plainfield is so flat it makes for easy retail development. It makes sense that they would build a store in Plainfield since there is no easy way of getting to Avon. I am a little said that they couldn't make the old/empty building Wal Mart left behind work or the eye sore that was Galyans. For those of you that don't want to live in an area that has stuff to do get in your car and drive 30 or 40 miles west. This way I won't have to hear you gripe for another 3 or 4 years.
Great point John. Drive 30 or 40 miles west and you could do that in 30 minutes or so. Or stay in Plainfield and you could spend the same 30 minutes going 3 miles on 40. Yep, you make a real good point there buddy... <sarcasm>

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