Meijer Earmarks $375M for New Stores, Upgrades
Meijer is investing more than $375 million in new and remodeled stores this year across its six-state footprint, which will include its long-awaited expansion “across the bridge” with its first stores in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Meijer’s multimillion-dollar investment includes the construction of seven new Meijer supercenters and 22 remodels, beyond the new locations slated to open in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin later this year.
By the end of 2017, Meijer will have remodeled and upgraded nearly 90 stores since 2010.
"These projects represent an investment in our customers, team members and the local communities that have supported us for so long," Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said. "We're also excited that at long last, we'll cross the bridge and open our first stores in Michigan's Upper Peninsula."
Keyes added that Meijer's continued focus on remodeling stores reflects the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s commitment to providing its customers with the best shopping experience.
The company's new-store commitment follows its focus on steady growth throughout its six-state footprint. The opening of each new Meijer store represents as many as 300 full- and part-time jobs. When including this year's stores, Meijer will have opened more than 50 new stores since 2010.
New and remodeled stores have resulted in the creation of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of tax revenue pumped into local communities. Meijer frequently works with local contractors when building and remodeling stores.
The new Meijer supercenters opening in 2017 include:
- Escanaba, Mich.
- Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
- McCordsville, Ind.
- Franklin, Ind.
- Greenfield, Wis.
- Howard, Wis. (Green Bay)
- West Bend, Wis.
In addition to the new supercenters, Meijer is aggressively remodeling stores in five states, including key markets such as Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville and suburban Chicago. Six Meijer supercenters in Michigan alone will be updated, with the stores in Mt. Pleasant, Commerce Township and Algoma Township slated for major remodels.
While the depth of the remodel varies based on several factors, these projects include a variety of specific store enhancements, including improved store layouts, expanded grocery and health and beauty sections, as well as lighting, heating, refrigeration and parking lot improvements. Additionally, the introduction of newer technology in key areas during the remodel process will result in more energy-efficient stores.
Meijer operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.