Meijer opened a new supercenter Thursday on Detroit’s northwest side. It marks the second Meijer supercenter in the city. The nearly 200,000-s.f. store is located near the Old Redford and Brightmoor neighborhoods and provides local residents the opportunity to walk—rather than drive—to get fresh groceries, according to the retailer.
“We always work hard to find locations that will best serve communities, so we are proud that this neighborhood store will provide our new neighbors a fresh grocery option,” said Co-Chairman Doug Meijer. “We’re very excited to offer a one-stop shopping experience and do our part in helping this neighborhood continue to grow and thrive.”
Built on the site of the former Redford High School, new supercenter is the latest of 11 new stores the Grand Rapids-based retailer is opening throughout the Midwest this year. Meijer says its new store provides customers with quality merchandise, more than 600 types of fresh produce and a full-service, drive-thru pharmacy that puts family healthcare first, including walk-in health screenings, comprehensive immunizations and specially trained diabetes-care pharmacists.
“The opening of a second Meijer store in Detroit is the latest example of our ability to attract new investment in our neighborhoods,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “Having two Meijer stores to serve as retail anchors is filling an important need in our city and creating significant job opportunities for Detroit residents as well.”
Meijer says the store features a marketplace environment, with fresh dairy and produce delivered daily, bakery items—such as bread and custom decorated cakes—made throughout the day, and a full-service deli. It also features a more traditional butcher shop environment, complete with a full-service meat counter, providing custom-cuts of Certified Angus Beef.
The new Detroit Meijer, at the intersection of Grand River and McNichols Avenue, creates more than 300 jobs.
In addition, the company partners with local farmers and businesses, when available, to provide locally-grown produce and other local products. For example, the new Detroit Meijer features Detroit Bold Traditions Coffee, Better Made Potato Chips, Sanders Ice Cream and distinctive craft beers from Detroit-based Motor City Brewing Works.
The Detroit Meijer store also highlights 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 16 new Michigan-made grocery items in all stores statewide. This year’s lineup will include strawberry syrup by Jessica’s Natural Foods in Birmingham, walnut and almond granola from Pure Blend Granola in Clawson, hot salsa from Mrs. Pruitt’s Cha-Cha Salsa in Detroit, ginger teas from Foods (Food for Thought) in Honor, ginger teas from Sweetwaters in Ann Arbor and multigrain flatbread and pizza crust by Easy Artisan Bread in Tecumseh.
“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 in these communities is something our company is grateful to be a part of,” said store director Jay Mahabir. “We already feel like a part of the neighborhood and are looking forward to providing a store that’s welcoming to everyone.”