Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot built to LEED standards supercenter in Alpena, Michigan

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

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened one of its first stores of the year today in Alpena, Mich.  The new supercenter provides local residents and neighbors in Hillman, Rogers City, Posen and Ossineke access to fresh produce delivered daily, affordable, high-quality merchandise and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“We are pleased to bring the Meijer experience to our neighbors in Alpena and its surrounding communities,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We hope that our wonderful location provides everyone a more accessible destination for their grocery and lifestyle needs, so they can spend more time enjoying everything that Northern Michigan has to offer.”

Located at 1251 M-32 West, the new 190,000-square-foot supercenter is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. The grocery options that Meijer offers include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a meat department that sells fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and select cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.

Meijer kicked off its opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event inside the store, followed by remarks from Meijer officials and local dignitaries. Store Director Warren Richter presented a $30,000 check to Alpena High School for a new scoreboard at its football stadium. He also presented a check for $25,000 to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to help support its various educational programs.

Meijer works hard to support the communities where its customers and team members work and live. That’s why the retailer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger in local communities. Since 2008, its Simply Give program has generated nearly $14 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

The new pharmacy features drive-thru pick up and 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 more than 25 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $370 million.

Among other one-stop shopping highlights, the Health and Beauty Care section carries prestige skincare and vitamin brands and a new Baby Center provides a refreshing shopping experience for expectant parents. The apparel department features national brands like Fila, New Balance, Reebok, Amy Byer, Carters, Wallflower, Almost Famous, Union Bay, Chaps and Jessica Simpson. The pet department offers a wide assortment of natural pet food.

“Our team has worked very hard to prepare for this opening, and we’re excited to bring our store to this great community,” Richter said.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 215 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 apparel departments, garden centers and electronics 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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Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot built to LEED standards supercenter in Alpena, Michigan

Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot built to LEED standards supercenter in Alpena, Michigan