Roger DeHoek, Meijer’s real estate manager, unveiled the plan to the Grand Haven Township Planning Commission on Monday.
Meijer had proposed a plan for a pharmacy drive-through window at the front of the store's southern end in October 2005. The Planning Commission denied the request at that time due to concerns about traffic flow and stacking, a mixture of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and observations of “near-miss” accidents at other Meijer stores.
The new plan would be similar to the one submitted in 2005, with one major change that would alter traffic flow. Instead of traffic entering the drive-through from the north, it would enter through the south.
There would also be a curbed separation between pharmacy traffic and regular store traffic. And there was also discussion about possibly using a tube system to ship payments and medicine.
“Either way would work for us,” DeHoek said. “Both are tried and true, and we haven’t had any incidents.”
Township Manager Bill Cargo said police do not typically respond to car accidents in a parking lot. He asked DeHoek if Meijer kept track of accidents on their properties.
DeHoek said no. However, he clarified that there might have been accidents in Meijer parking lots associated with the pharmacy, but he is unaware of them as there haven’t been any reported to store officials.
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