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Schnucks Slated for Summer Opening

A spokesperson for Schnucks said the store located near the Ballwin-Chesterfield border likely will open in July or August.

A long road has led up to the construction of the Schnucks grocery store located on the border of Ballwin, Chesterfield and Clarkson Valley, which is projected to open sometime this summer.

"We're getting a lot of questions with regards to when the store will open," said Schnucks Communications Director Lori Willis, who also is a member of the City of Ballwin's Board of Adjustment. "I don't have an exact date, but I can tell you it's going to be sometime mid summer, in July or August, somewhere around there."

If that timetable is correct, the opening would fall more than 3 years after formal plans for the business were met with controversy around The City of Ballwin, where the business technically resides.

In June of 2009, the Ballwin Board of Aldermen voted against the wishes of the city's planning and zoning commission, and approved Schnucks' request made earlier that year for a zoning change at the proposed site. Representatives of Schnucks described the proposed building as a "boutique-style neighborhood grocery store that is approximately 41,000 square feet," according to court records.

The Ballwin board's decision prompted the lawsuit against Schnuck Markets and the city, as residents of Ballwin and Chesterfield argued against the proposed store by citing property value concerns and traffic-safety issues.

The court , however, arguing that the circuit court could not overrule a zoning change unless it was "clearly arbitrary and unreasonable."  This is true even if the court finds that the zoning change is "reasonably doubtful or fairly debatable," Circuit Court Judge John Ross wrote.

Willis said some neighbors near the development in recent weeks have contacted Schnucks about the project, which has inspired others to email Patch characterizing the construction as an eyesore.

"We have continued to keep all nearby neighboring residents informed as much as we can," Willis said. "We have kept the lines of communication open as much as we possibly could during this time frame."

"From our standpoint, everything has come along beautifully," Willis added.

James Cleeve April 17, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I really hope everyone remembers what Schnucks has done by proceeding with this store and no longer shops there. My family and I have stopped shopping at Schnucks due to their greed and lack of concern for local residents. Of course if everyone did, then we would have yet another vacant building to deal with. I agree with several others as well, the store is an eyesore. Driving by, "the wall" of the store towers over Clarkson Road. This store was NOT necessary.
Sherry Seto April 18, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I stopped shopping at all the Schnucks stores also. This company's blatant disregard for it's future customers and the well being of our community is just sad and disappointing. I feel like the company's management just gave us all the finger (sorry about the expression). Now they expect us to forget that and spend lots of money in their store this summer? Aside from being kind of heartless, I think this is not the wisest or best way to open up a new store in a neighborhood--what are they thinking?!
Jean Whitney April 18, 2012 at 04:32 AM
How long has that PNC Bank been across from the new Schnucks? Did that face these same issues?
John April 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Jean, A bank has been there for as long as I remember and I’ve lived here for 20+ years. A question, has Schnucks applied for a liquor license? Per State law “Missouri requires that a licensed establishment be 100 feet from a church or school. Cities may require up to 300 feet or entirely waive the 100 foot requirement. You should check with your local municipalities to determine what the local requirements are.” John
Ron Markland April 18, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I believe that you wil find that the store is about 5 feet beyond the limit, unfortunately
Allan Hendrikse April 20, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Damage is already done. You can thank the Ballwin Mayor and his puppet alderman for this ugly eyesore. They care more about business than their residents.
Jean Whitney April 20, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I hear some say caring for residents means bringing in revenue, so the city can maintain services, etc.? Any thoughts?
don steppe April 26, 2012 at 01:22 PM
The plat on which the bank sits is a very small triangle and was not suitable for residential or any medium to high traffic business; therefore, was not proposed for any other use. The bank is a small footprint; has limited hours; and very little traffic. It does not pose a threat to student safety not does it increase congestion at the intersection.
Jean Whitney April 26, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I just heard from a Ballwin resident that the bank was allowed in under threat of litigation. Anyone remember that?

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