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Meijer invests $400M in new stores and renovations

March 2, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Meijer, which operates 224 stores, began in 1938 when barber Hendrik Meijer purchased $328.76 worth of merchandise on credit to serve customers during the Great Depression. Photo via fb.com

Meijer is planning to invest more than $400 million in new stores and renovations this year and create nearly 3,000 jobs.

Meijer CEO Hank Meijer announced the new investment today.

The $400 million includes projects in five of the six states the retailer serves – Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin – including nine new stores and 32 remodels.

“We will continue our process of slow, steady growth,” Meijer said. “This plan has allowed us to remain focused on our customers and team members, while growing our business and ensuring we continue to innovate in the marketplace.

“We are pleased to continue to grow and invest in the Midwest communities that have supported us for so long.”

Grand Rapids-based Meijer operates 224 stores across the Midwest.

Since 2010, Meijer has opened 36 stores, each representing about 300 full- and part-time jobs.

New stores

Owensboro, Kentucky
Evansville, Indiana
Indianapolis
Round Lake Beach, Illinois
Flossmoor, Illinois
Sturgis, Michigan
Flat Rock, Michigan
Sussex, Wisconsin
Waukesha, Wisconsin

Renovations

Meijer will remodel stores in markets across its footprint, including stores in Detroit, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Southeast Michigan will see 12 remodels, with Indianapolis receiving three and another two in Fort Wayne.

One of the retailer’s oldest stores, in Burton, Michigan, will be remodeled.

The renovations will include improved store layouts, expanded grocery, health and beauty choices and infrastructure improvements, including new technology for more energy-efficient stores. 

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