Meijer opened 190,000 square-foot supercenter in Alma, Michigan

190,000-square-foot store features fresh produce delivered daily, a free prescription program and pharmacy services promoting family health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-6-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened a supercenter today in Alma, Mich., President J.K. Symancyk announced. The 190,000 square-foot store at 2805 West Cheesman Road has created more than 270 new jobs and will provide local residents with fresh produce delivered daily, affordable, high-quality merchandise and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“As a pioneer of one-stop shopping, we strive to offer easy, affordable solutions to our neighbors and look forward to bringing fresh value to Alma,” Symancyk said. “Whether you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables delivered daily, keeping your yard looking nice all summer long or seeking guidance on health care solutions, this supercenter represents our ongoing commitment to help provide a healthier, balanced lifestyle for anyone who steps through our door.”

Meijer kicked off its opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event inside the store, followed by remarks from Meijer officials and local dignitaries, and the presentation of a $25,000 check to Riverside Park for upgrades to playground equipment and facilities.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retail pioneer opened its first store in 1934 and has grown steadily by continuing to focus on fresh grocery options and on community partnership. Each year, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations and works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger in local communities. Since 2008, its Simply Give program has donated more than $9 million to stock the shelves of food pantries in the communities it serves.

The new Alma store is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and features more than 600 high-quality varieties of fresh produce, a meat department offering neighborhood butcher shop service with custom cuts and a bakery carrying fresh bread baked four times daily.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise offerings, garden center and 24-hour gas station, the new pharmacy will offer the company’s free prescription program, as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled 19 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $280 million.

“Our team has worked very hard to get this store ready and we’re excited to bring one of our stores to this great community,” said Marli Schnepp, store director for the Alma Meijer.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 210 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

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