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Meijer unveils store expansion plans

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Inc. plans to invest more than $375 million this year in new and remodeled stores.

The retailer said Thursday that its investment plan includes construction of seven new Meijer supercenters and 22 remodel projects.

Meijer Storefront_2015Meijer said its new store commitment follows its focus on steady growth throughout its six-state footprint. When including this year’s stores, Meijer will have opened more than 50 new stores since 2010.

New supercenters will be opened this year in Escanaba, Mich.; Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; McCordsville, Ind.; Franklin, Ind.; Greenfield, Wis.; Howard, Wis. (Green Bay); and West Bend, Wis.

“These projects represent an investment in our customers, team members and the local communities that have supported us for so long,” Meijer president and chief executive officer Rick Keyes said in a statement. “We’re also excited that at long last we’ll cross the bridge and open our first stores in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.”

The remodel projects aim to improve store layouts, expand grocery and health and beauty sections, and enhance the stores’ energy efficiency, lighting, heating, refrigeration and parking lots.

The remodels will upgrade stores in such markets as Detroit; Cincinnati; Louisville, Ky.; and suburban Chicago. This year’s remodel investment means that by the end of 2017 Meijer will have remodeled and upgraded nearly 90 stores since 2010.

Overall, Meijer operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores, with pharmacies, in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.


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