Meijer’s first Fairfax Market outside of its home state of Michigan has opened at 2190 E. 105th St. in Cleveland.
The retailer’s fifth neighborhood market, it is part of a broader revitalization project designed to bolster economic activity, add jobs and bring food access to the Cleveland Innovation District.
“Fairfax Market represents another opportunity to serve our customers in a community that offers so much potential for growth,” said Alan Jordan, store director. “We’ve spent the last year connecting with local vendors and asking neighbors what they’d like to see in the market.
“As a result, we’ve worked to curate requested products and develop programs that will benefit our neighbors, such as multiple delivery options and on-site grocery pick-up.”
At 40,000 square feet, Fairfax Market offers a range of products, including fresh meat and deli items, fresh produce and a bakery, as well as Meijer and national brand items.
The store also carries more than 2,000 local products from 150 local vendors, including Cleveland Cold Brew Coffee, Micah’s Supreme Sauce, PUR Spices, Akron Honey, Lemon Waves and beauty care products from Catlin Naturals, a local, Black and woman-owned business.
Other market highlights include a 104-foot international section with products from Cleveland and around the world, a large assortment of local beer and wine and a floral department and gift shop featuring PaperCutz Vintage greeting cards and posters. A 54-seat café space serves coffee, sandwiches, salads and other items from Saucy Coffee and sushi from Hissho Sushi.
The team at Cleveland Mural, led by local artist Glen Infante, designed and painted a fresh produce mural on the building’s south side, where customers enter from the parking ramp.
Fairfax Market offers 90 minutes of free parking for customers in the covered ramp next door, onsite grocery pickup, and delivery through Shipt, Instacart and DoorDash. The store features the Meijer mPerks rewards program, which allows customers to earn points on purchases toward future savings. It also accepts WIC and SNAP benefits.
Jordan and his team welcomed customers into the market before a ribbon-cutting ceremony later that featured remarks from a host of officials, including: Ward 6 Councilman and Council President Blaine Griffin; Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Morton L. Mandel; CEO Chair Tom Mihaljevic; Fairfax Renaissance Executive Director Denise VanLeer; Meijer Executive Chairman Hank Meijer; and Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes.
“Meijer is committed to investing in the communities where our customers and team members live and work, and that same philosophy applies to our neighborhood stores like Fairfax Market,” Keyes said.
Meijer opened its first store in Ohio in 1981. With the opening of Fairfax Market, Meijer employs more than 11,000 associates at 53 stores statewide and its distribution and manufacturing facilities in Tipp City. It has plans for accelerated growth in Northeast Ohio.
To mark the occasion, the retailer donated $15,000 to the Fairfax Recreation Center, a community hub that has played a central role in the social and physical well-being of residents for more than 50 years.
In addition, the retailer donated $10,000 to Karamu House, the oldest-producing African-American theater in the nation, featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
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