GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The economic downturn has been especially tough on the Midwestern region of the United States, but now Meijer is bringing some renewed hope to the area with news it will invest more than $75 million in a major remodel project for stores in Michigan and Ohio, with eight Michigan stores benefiting from this new initiative. The announcement was made by Hank Meijer, co-chairman and CEO of the company.
"We are pleased to reinforce our commitment to these communities," said Meijer. "Our customers expect high standards from us, and our investment in these stores will ensure they continue to receive our best."
The project, which is to be completed by the end of the year, will benefit the following stores:
Pipestone Road in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Hull Road in Mason, Mich.
26 Mile Road in Washington Township, Mich.
Middlebelt Road in Livonia, Mich.
M-59 in Plainwell, Mich.
Fulton Road in Lowell, Mich.
Century Center Drive in Grandville, Mich.
Thirteen Mile Road in Madison Heights, Mich.
Columbus Pike (US23) in Orange Township, Ohio
Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio
According to the company, these remodel projects include a variety of specific enhancements both inside and outside the store such as lighting, heating, refrigeration, exterior lighting and parking lot maintenance. Additionally, the introduction of newer technology in key areas during the remodel process results in reduced energy usage and a more energy-efficient store.
Meijer said it also plans to open two new stores in 2011. These include a 192,000 sq. ft. supercenter in Stevensville, Mich. and Meijer's third "small format" store, which will be located in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park. These two new stores represent an investment of more than $25 million and will create as many as 400 full and part-time jobs, the company reported.