(Whitestown, Ind. – May 6, 2013) Duke Realty Corporation (Duke Realty) today announced that Anson, its mixed-use development northwest of Indianapolis, will soon include a Meijer store. Meijer has confirmed that it plans to break ground on the project this summer, with the store slated for opening to the public in 2014. The store will be located between Central Boulevard and Whitestown Parkway (S.R. 334), in the Business District of the 1,700-acre development, which is just east of I-65 northwest of Indianapolis at the first interchange outside the I-865 beltway.
“We are pleased that Meijer is moving forward with its plans to add a store in Anson because of the convenience it will offer residents,” said Charlie Podell, Senior Vice President of Duke Realty’s Indiana operations. “Having a major retailer such as Meijer in Anson has always been part of our overall strategy and will significantly enhance our vision of making this an inclusive community where residents can live, work and play.”
“We are confident the improved local economy and strong activity in the residential sector of Anson contributed to Meijer’s decision to move forward with its plan to open a store in the community,” said Craig Anderson, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Anson for Duke Realty. “Duke Realty looks forward to working with Meijer as we believe they will be a wonderful business partner in our Anson community for many years to come.”
“We are excited that Meijer chose the Town of Whitestown for one of their 2013 construction starts, with the store opening planned for 2014,” said Dawn Semler, Town Council President of Whitestown. “The store will fill a needed retail amenity for our community and will continue to make Whitestown one of the best places to live in Central Indiana. Meijer has demonstrated a strong commitment to the communities in which they operate, and the additional employment opportunities the store will create are beneficial to the residents of Whitestown and Boone County.”
“When a major, respected retailer such as Meijer announces plans for a new store, other businesses take notice,” said Bryan Brackemyre, Executive Director of the Boone County Economic Development Commission. “The strong demographics of the town and Boone County most likely played a major role in Meijer’s decision to expand its operations in Whitestown. The store’s presence should attract additional commercial and residential development to the Anson area.”
The announcement by Meijer to build a store in Anson follows other recent development news in the community. Late last year, Pulte Homes’ purchased additional land in Anson and is developing Clark Meadows, a 255-lot residential neighborhood just north of where PulteGroup has been constructing single-family homes since late 2011 under its Centex brand. All 61 lots in that section were sold in less than 20 months. BACA-Z, a behavioral analysis center for autism opened a facility in October 2012. Construction of a new, four-story, 92-room Hampton Inn and an upscale self-storage facility began in late 2012, and both will be open to the public by Labor Day. Duke Realty also has welcomed three new tenants–Flapjack’s Pancake House, YoYo Yogurt on Your Own and Naked Tchopstix–to its Marketplace at Anson retail center.
Anson is Duke Realty’s 1,700-acre, master-planned development along Interstate 65 in southeast Boone County, Indiana, where people can live, work, shop, and play. The southern portion of Anson just off SR 334 includes a variety of housing options, including apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes, as well as retail service providers, places of worship, schools, emergency medical facilities and physician offices, and parks, green spaces, and other public gathering areas. On the north end of the community, Duke Realty has teamed with Browning Investments to develop AllPoints at Anson, the commercial district of Anson which will provide 7.4 million square feet of commercial business/distribution space. Currently, Amazon.com and Express Scripts have operations in AllPoints at Anson.
About Duke Realty
Duke Realty owns and operates approximately 143 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical office, in 18 major U.S. cities. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke Realty is available at www.dukerealty.com.