Meijer superstore coming to Round Lake Beach
By Dan Moran email@example.com @NewsSunDanMoran February 11, 2014 11:54AM
Vacant since 2007 and currently surrounded by road construction, the former Dominick's on the northwest corner of Rollins Road and Route 83 is the proposed site of a Meijer superstore, which would be the first Lake County outlet for the Michigan-based retailer. | Dan Moran/Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 13, 2014 6:31AM
Rumors last year about a Meijer superstore setting up shop in Round Lake Beach turned out be about a half-mile off target — instead of the now-vacated Kmart at 400 E. Rollins Road as speculated, the prospective location is officially the former Dominick’s and Walmart at Rollins and Route 83.
Village Administrator David Kilbane confirmed on Monday, Feb. 10, that the Michigan-based retailer had filed a formal request with the Round Lake Beach Planning & Zoning Commission to open what would be the first Meijer in Lake County.
Kilbane added that the commission, which meets the second Thursday of each month, is scheduled to review the proposal at its March 13 meeting.
The proposed site sits in the Mallard Creek Shopping Center on the northwest corner of Rollins and 83. According to Jon Wildenberg, the village’s director of economic development, Meijer is eyeing “a rather substantial redevelopment” of the property.
“The old Walmart and a very significant (part) of the old Dominick’s would be removed,” Wildenberg said on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Wildenberg added that surrounding Mallard Creek businesses like Arby’s, McDonald’s, Grease Monkey and Open Advanced MRI would remain in place, “but the rest of it would be demolished and replaced.”
The Dominick’s building opened in 1987 as an Omni Superstore and was converted in 1997, serving as one of Mallard Creek’s anchors along with the 105,000-square-foot Walmart.
In February 2007, Dominick’s officials announced that the Round Lake Beach store would be one of 14 outlets in and around Chicago that had been listed as underperforming and were being shut down. The store then closed the following spring, and the structure has sat vacant ever since.
After Walmart departed for a larger building at Route 83 and Monaville Road in 2009, Mallard Creek has been largely empty expect for a strip of smaller businesses in a strip closer to Rollins Road.
The area is currently dominated by temporary roadways, work-zone signs and heavy equipment related to the Rollins Gateway project, which includes construction of an overpass for the Canadian National Railway.
Last fall, Hainesville Road was rerouted to extend directly into Mallard Creek west of its former location. Wildenberg said with the Gateway project scheduled for completion in December, a projected 2015 opening for Meijer “would potentially be a nice dovetail for that improvement.”
Meijer currently has locations in McHenry and Algonquin among its 19 in suburban Chicago and northwest Indiana. The Round Lake Village Board will eventually have the final yes-or-no on whether it will plant stakes in Lake County, with the review process expected to extend into the spring.