According to the agenda background information for Apple Valley’s 9/27/2012 City Council meeting, big changes are planned for Apple Valley’s Cub and the surrounding parking lot. It appears that the current single lot will be altered to create three plots which will include 7,000 square feet of retail space which may be broken up into four different buildings and the option to possibly build a fast-food restaurant on the corner of 153rd and Cedar at some point in the future.
According to the project summary, Apple Valley’s Cub will undergo remodeling to shrink from 108,527 square feet to 93,207 and one lot will be created to add 7,000 square feet of more unnecessary retail which will likely contain a nail salon and another mattress store because Lord knows we don’t have enough of either of those. However the most disturbing part of this entire exercise is the threat of another fast-food restaurant being added to the corner of 153rd and Cedar at some future point and all the excuses why even though it would require variances due to the close proximity of housing to the planned property:
During the past several years the City has approved variances to allow for Class II restaurants to locate closer than 1,000 feet from a residential or institutional use. In 2010, Panda Express, a Class II restaurant located at 7735 150th Street West (CSAH 42) received a variance from the foot 1,000-distance requirement. The variance was granted due to the finding that CSAH 42 was a principal arterial road with a 160-foot way right-of-and a traffic volume of
over 30,000 vehicle trips per day, which will act as a barrier and mitigate impacts generated from the Class II restaurant on the institutional and residential land uses south of CSAH 42.
Variances from the foot 1,000-distance requirement were also granted in 1993 far some other Class II restaurants along CSAH 42. They include Bruegger’s Bagels, Taco Bell, and Dairy Queen.
It’s pretty clear the standards are high in Apple Valley for variances. Nothing like shoving even more retail into an area which has already lost a longstanding pizza place and is full of other struggling businesses. While traffic isn’t terribly busy in the Cub parking lot as it exists today, who could possibly believe it would get better with the addition of three stores and two restaurants, one with a drive-thru?
But the most surprising part of all of this isn’t the addition of the two additional retail spots in Cub’s parking lot, it’s the decision to remodel the Apple Valley store when SuperValu is going down in flames and this particular store just recently remodeled their pharmacy to have a drive-thru lane added near the front of the store. According to the plan documentation, they will be moving the pharmacy drive-thru to the side of the store (nearest to Appliance Smart). It’s little wonder the company is losing marketshare being that they make such ridiculous decisions. Seriously? Target and Walgreens across the street have thriving pharmacy businesses while Cub rarely has anything at all going on in that area. Is the addition of a differently designed drive-thru really going to change that?
What do you think about this one? Do you think we need even more retail space in the area? Will this create a bunch of aggravating traffic conditions forcing even more people away from Cub and to the Communist Food Mart across the street with its two options for each item? Will these stores remain empty like their counterparts down by the other Apple Valley SuperTarget no one goes to or will they be filled with the usual nail and tanning salons and quick open and close restaurants?