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Howard could be potential site of Meijer store


HOWARD, WI (WTAQ) - A Michigan-based big box store is apparently interested in possibly building in Howard.

An internal report from the village was accidentally emailed to the media last week saying that Meijer stores are looking at property across from on Shawano Avenue near Highway 41. 

“With the 41/29 interchange, that has some significant possibilities with it,” Village President Burt McIntyre told FOX 11.

The report, from village administrator Paul Evert, explains the company is drawing up plans for the property across from Mill’s Fleet Farm.

“We’re hoping that gets going but there’s nothing concrete at this point,” said McIntyre. “It hadn’t even come to the point of even looking at plats or anything else like that.”

Meijer does not have any stores in Wisconsin, but is expanding in the Milwaukee area.

Brown County property records show the parcels of land are owned by several different people. A situation McIntyre says has been a hurdle in the past.

“The lesson we’ve learned, over the years – especially with that property across from Flee Farm – is if it isn’t under single ownership, it’s very hard to get developers interested in it.”

Meijer would not comment on the report.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11)