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Meijer Opens Its First Wisconsin Stores

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Last updated on June 14th, 2024 at 10:12 am

Meijer moved into its sixth state, opening its first two Wisconsin supercenters, Tuesday. The 192,000-s.f. stores in Grafton and Kenosha have created nearly 600 jobs.

“We are proud to open our doors on this first historic day in Wisconsin,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Since announcing our intention more than two years ago, we’ve done our best to understand the Wisconsin market and truly become a part of the community. We think our neighbors in southeastern Wisconsin will be really pleased with the fresh options they can experience beginning today.”

The new stores are built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and are open 24 hours a day.

In addition to the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer’s traditional grocery, merchandise and garden center at each store, the new pharmacies offer drive-thru pick up and the Meijer free prescription program. Since its inception in 2006, the program has filled nearly 26 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $376 million.

As part of the stores’ grand opening activities, Meijer donated $25,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha to revamp and reopen its “Kids in the Kitchen” program, which teaches youth members about healthy eating habits, as well as how to prepare and cook fresh meals and snacks for their families. In Grafton, Meijer donated $25,000 to the Village of Grafton to install five new informational kiosks and new pavilion as part of the community’s Riverwalk.

As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer says it donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $15.5 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

In August, Meijer will open two additional stores in Wauwatosa and Oak Creek. The retailer has plans for continued growth in Wisconsin.

“It’s been nearly 20 years since we’ve chosen to enter a new state, so we are grateful for the enthusiastic response we’ve received as we’ve built these first stores,”  Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “We are serious about our commitment to Wisconsin and plan to add two to three new stores per year through 2019.”

Meijer now operates 219 stores in six states and employs more than 65,000 people throughout the Midwest.

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