Meijer will open a supercenter in Detroit on Thursday at the Gateway Marketplace shopping center. It will be the Grand Rapids-based retailer’s first supercenter in the city.
The July 25 opening, the company says, celebrates the retailer’s commitment to the city and its residents. At the former Michigan State Fairgrounds, the 190,000-s.f. supercenter will provide neighbors with quality merchandise, fresh produce and a full-service drive-thru pharmacy that includes walk-in health screenings, comprehensive immunizations and specially trained diabetes-care pharmacists.
“We are thrilled to offer the Meijer experience to our new neighbors,” Co-Chairman Doug Meijer says. “There’s so much history and pride here, so many people who’ve lived their entire lives in the city of Detroit, that the opportunity to provide healthy living options and help encourage growth is something our company is grateful to be a part of.”
Located at 8 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, the Detroit Meijer store creates more than 550 jobs. Additionally, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charitable organizations like food pantries. The company also partners with local farmers and businesses, when available, to provide locally grown produce and other local products. For example, the Detroit Meijer will feature State Fair Pale Ale, a distinctive craft beer from Detroit-based Atwater Brewery honoring the historic Michigan State Fair.
“The opening of Detroit’s first Meijer store means new jobs, continued economic growth and greater convenience for the residents of our city,” says Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. “As the anchor of the new Gateway Marketplace shopping center, Meijer represents another important business investment that is transforming Detroit into a retail destination.”
Additionally, the Detroit Meijer store will be the latest to highlight Michigan small businesses through the retailer’s Made in Michigan initiative with the Michigan State University Product Center for Food-Ag-Bio.
Last year, Meijer expanded its program that supports small Michigan businesses to feature 55 new Michigan-made grocery items in all stores statewide. This year’s lineup will include marinara sauce by Bon-A-Rose in New Hudson, barbecue sauce from Let’z Eat Food in Waterford, pickled beets and peppers by Safie’s Pickles in Chesterfield and healthy Mediterranean foods by Teta Foods in Clinton Township.
“This store represents a city experience our whole team wants to invest in and watch grow,” says Store Director Adrian Lewis, who personally interviewed more than 400 of the new Meijer team. “I already feel at home here and am looking forward to providing a one-stop shopping destination that’s welcoming to all of our neighbors.”