GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened a new 192,000-square-foot supercenter today in Sturgis, Mich., bringing Southern Michigan shoppers better access to low prices on high-quality merchandise, fresh produce delivered daily and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.
“Opening this store has been a long time coming, and we’re thrilled the day is finally here,” CEO Hank Meijer said. “Sturgis has never had a one-stop shopping destination like Meijer, so we’re proud to be the retailer to fill that void.”
The new store is the latest of nine new Meijer supercenters to open – and part of an investment of more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores – this year, which will create 3,000 new jobs across the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s six-state foot print. The Sturgis store will welcome customers from St. Joseph, Cass, and Branch counties and is located at the corner of South Centerville Road and West South Street.
With more than 100 stores located throughout Michigan, the new store 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 full-service meat department that features fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and custom cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.
Opening celebrations began with a ribbon-cutting event, followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials. The store also demonstrated its commitment to the community by making donations to a local organization. Store Director Marsha Keefer presented $25,000 to the Doyle Community Center to help with the construction of a new 2,500 square foot strength training center to its multi-purpose sports, fitness and recreational facility.
As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores work with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated more than $21 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.
In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center, and 24-hour gas station, the new Sturgis Meijer pharmacy will offer drive-thru pick up and the company’s free prescription program. 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 nearly 33 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers nearly $454 million.
As part of its grand opening celebration, the new Sturgis Meijer location will feature a variety of grand opening events in the coming weeks. On Sunday, June 5, the first 200 customers to enter the store after 6 a.m. will receive a Meijer mystery gift card with a value of $5, $10 or $20. Other notable events this summer include an in-store community picnic on June 10, a Family Fun Day on June 11, Meijer Fan Fest featuring sports-themed activities on June 18, a Fun Day with Purina & Nesquik Bunny on July 9 and a Health & Wellness Event on July 16.
“Meijer has always prided itself on listening to its customers and surrounding communities,” President Rick Keyes said. “The residents of Sturgis wanted a Meijer supercenter, so we were happy to deliver. We’re confident that this store will not only meet every expectation Sturgis shoppers have, but exceed them at every turn.”
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 226 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer 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. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.
Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com, 616-791-3943