Less than two years after launching its first new format store in the Chicago market, Meijer will deliver another new concept to its Chicago-area customers when it officially cuts the ribbon on Meijer Marketplace, a more localized grocery store in Melrose Park, today.
“Meijer is thrilled to bring our newest store concept to this great community,” said Hank Meijer, co-chairman and CEO of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “Our team has worked very hard to bring the great Meijer experience to our new customers in the Melrose Park area, and we’re very proud to join this vibrant neighborhood.”
Along with the opening, Meijer will present a check for $25,000 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, which will be used to support local youth programs and the Parish’s food bank.
At 90,000 s.f., Meijer Marketplace will be nearly half the size of Meijer’s largest supercenters. The smaller-format store will offer the Melrose Park community the “Higher Standards and Lower Prices” that Meijer customers have come to expect, featuring national and Meijer own brand grocery items, along with a full-service pharmacy offering a variety of national and Meijer brand health and beauty products, according to a company press release.
The new Meijer store will include a targeted assortment of Hispanic produce, Italian deli meats, European cookies, a fresh sushi bar, and more than 40 varieties of Hispanic beer, providing a new shopping option for the ethnically-diverse community nearby.
Meijer opened its first Chicago-area store in Bolingbrook in 1999. With the addition of Melrose Park, Meijer now has 14 stores in the Chicago area ranging in size from full supercenters to smaller, grocery-focused stores in Niles and Orland Park. Meijer employs nearly 3,000 team members in the Chicago area, with more than 150 new jobs created by the opening of the new Melrose Park store.