Today, Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes announced that the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based grocery chain opened five supercenters across the Midwest.
Located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Sycamore, Illinois; Bad Axe, Michigan; and Brimfield and Lorain, Ohio, the 159,000-square-foot supercenters offer a modern shopping experience, providing customers multiple ways to shop.
Meijer says it anticipates its various digital shopping solutions will be as popular at the new stores as they’ve been in the Midwest over the past few months. Customer usage of the Meijer Home Delivery and Pickup services and of Shop & Scan, which allows shoppers to scan barcodes via a mobile app and bag their items as they shop, has made grocery experiences amidst the COVID-19 pandemic easier.
“These new stores reinforce our ongoing commitment to serving the needs of communities at a time when everyone is looking for a one-stop shopping experience,” Keyes said. “We look forward to providing our customers with fresh options and innovative ways to shop so they can get the items they need while keeping their families safe.”
While Meijer is known for its variety of farm-fresh produce, USD-certified organic items and a full-service meat department, its new stores also offer a pharmacy and general merchandise items. This includes everything from women’s apparel to beauty care and an expansive baby department and pet department.
Meijer reports that the new supercenters are currently operating under adjusted hours and maintaining strict coronavirus safety measures. Inside stores, safety decals will be visible on the floor where customers typically gather, and protective plexiglass shields are at every checkout station.
Additionally, team members receive daily health screenings and temperature checks and are recommended to wear masks. Customers are requested to wear face coverings consistent with applicable state or local guidelines.
Meijer is also dedicating exclusive store hours to allow more time for senior citizens, customers with chronic health conditions, essential service workers and team members to buy their shopping essentials.
“Throughout the past few months, our Meijer team members have worked diligently to prepare these new stores amid unprecedented challenges and for that we are all proud and inspired,” Keyes said. “Our store teams are ready to keep our stores stocked and provide the cleanest shopping environment possible as we work together in the new communities that have welcomed us.”
And prior to opening any doors, each of the stores made donations to local organizations. In total, the new Meijer stores donated more than $150,000 to 16 charitable organizations in the five communities. As a company, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores work with local food banks and pantries to help fight hunger.
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