Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Meijer opened its first two Meijer Grocery stores Jan. 26 in Lake Orion and Macomb Townships.
“As a company, we’ve opened more than 500 supercenters, neighborhood markets and Meijer Express locations, and that feeling of excitement and anticipation as you welcome customers in for the first time never gets old,” said Hank Meijer, executive chairman.
“But opening the doors of these stores feels particularly special because of the unique need they’ll fulfill in our customers’ everyday lives.”
Meijer Grocery provides customers with a streamlined shopping experience for day-to-day needs. The stores feature new design elements that enhance the aesthetics and convenience. The format’s size allows Meijer to serve customers in more locations.
The stores’ condensed footprints of 75,000-90,000 square feet offer the essential categories a customer might need for a quick trip or weekly restock, including: fresh produce and grocery, in-store meat cutters, bakery, deli, in-store and drive-thru pharmacy, health and beauty care, baby, pets, household essentials, cards, party decorations and a floral department. The stores also feature three checkout methods: staffed lanes, self-checkout and Shop & Scan.
Each store has a family restroom, equipped with a changing table. They also offer free access to Aira, an app-based service that provides live navigation assistance to blind and low-vision customers using the camera of their smartphones.
“We look forward to seeing these new stores further our mission of enriching lives in the communities we serve, not just by offering convenient shopping solutions and positive economic impact, but also as strong and active community partners,” said Rick Keyes, Meijer president and CEO.
“When we plan a new store, our relationship with that community begins long before the doors open, and strengthens as we grow.”
Each Meijer Grocery store donated $10,000 to a local nonprofit last week. The Lake Orion store donated to The Village Food Pantry at Woodside Bible Church and the Macomb location supported the Macomb Charitable Foundation. The stores expect to make an additional $15,000 in donations in the coming weeks in celebration of their openings.
With this addition, Meijer is also expanding support of its local food pantries through its Simply Give hunger relief program. The program encourages customers to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer food-only gift card and donated to the local food pantry selected by the store.
The Lake Orion store is partnering with Woodside Bible Church’s Village Food Pantry while the Macomb Township location will work with Lakepointe Pantry. Meijer will double match all Simply Give card purchases on March 4 and March 25.
For more information on the new concept stores, visit meijer.com/meijer-grocery.