Plans for new Martin's Super Market on South Bend's west side draw concerns from neighbors


By: Jon Zimney

South Bend residents in favor of, as well as against, a new Martin’s Super Market proposed for the west side of South Bend had another chance to speak out about the issue at a public hearing during the South Bend Common Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 28.

Council members were considering whether to rezone the site, and later annex it, to allow the development.

The new store would be located at Western Avenue and Mayflower Road.

About a half-dozen residents in favor said the store would draw more business to the area.

Several people who live near the the planned store spoke against the development, mainly because of a back entrance to the store near Hollywood Boulevard. The residents said they were concerned it would cause increased traffic.

Representatives from Martin’s Super Markets spoke at the meeting. They described how they’ve successfully addressed concerns about increased traffic from other Martin’s stores built near residential areas.

Despite several neighbors addressing that same concern, the proposal has moved out of committee for a third hearing in front of the full Common Council set for Monday, Oct. 12.