Meijer surprised 230 customers by “gifting” them their entire shopping cart during its third annual Very Merry Meijer event

Meijer surprised 230 customers by “gifting” them their entire shopping cart during its third annual Very Merry Meijer event

 

Third year retailer collects customer reactions in Very Merry Meijer video of the fun-filled events

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer made Christmas very merry this year when it once again surprised an unsuspecting customer in each of its 230 stores by “gifting” them their entire shopping cart filled with gifts and groceries upon checkout.

During the third annual Very Merry Meijer event, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer randomly selected 230 customers on Dec. 10 to receive their purchases free, and gave a $100 Meijer gift card to the Meijer cashier helping the customer.

In addition, each surprised customer received an additional $100 Meijer gift card to help pass along the generosity.

“Christmas is a time for kindness and joy, and we were so excited to bring back the Very Merry Meijer event once again to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers and team members,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We are very appreciative of our customers and team members, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

The Very Merry Meijer event resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in gifts to Meijer customers – with shopping carts ranging from $400 to upwards of more than $1,000 in value – along with a mixture of emotions that spurred tears, hugs and even speechlessness from very happy customers. For some, the surprise renewed hope in the true meaning of the season; others appreciated the generosity during a time that can be quite stressful.

Meijer released a video today that showcases how the retailer surprised its customers. In most cases, the store director revealed the gift upon checkout, but Hank Meijer, Board Director Doug Meijer, and Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes also helped spread holiday cheer.

“We strive all year long to put our customers first, and provide them with a great shopping experience through the quality products we sell, the service we provide and the many ways we offer savings,” Keyes said. “The Very Merry Meijer event was an extra special way to show our appreciation and make the season bright. That is what the holidays are all about.”

The impact of this year’s Very Merry Meijer event was far reaching as those customers received a second gift from the retailer – a $100 Meijer gift card – to pay it forward to a charitable organization, or a family or individual in need. Meijer is encouraging those customers to share their pay-it-forward photos and videos on its Facebook page with the hashtag #VeryMerryMeijer for a chance for their charity to receive a $5,000 donation.

“The Very Merry Meijer event began as a simple way to say thank you, but it has grown into so much more because of our thoughtful customers,” Doug Meijer said. “This is truly an event I look forward to all year long because it gives us a chance to show our customers and team members just how much they mean to us.”

To view the Very Merry Meijer video, please visit the Meijer Newsroom: http://newsroom.meijer.com/multimedia.

Editor’s Note: To follow the Very Merry Meijer conversation in the social space, please look for the hashtag #VeryMerryMeijer.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 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 electronic offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Frank Guglielmi
616-791-3814
frank.guglielmi@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Meijer unveils interactive Heritage Center for the company history

Meijer unveils interactive Heritage Center for the company history
Meijer unveils interactive Heritage Center for the company history

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today (September 8, 2016) that it is unveiling a Heritage Center rich with company history from its founder Hendrik Meijer’s first arrival in the United States through the retailer’s most recent innovations and expansions.

“Our grandfather and dad took a risk when they started this company in the midst of the Great Depression,” Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “But bringing innovations to their customers helped give their grocery store a future. At Meijer, we have a deep reverence for our history and culture, and are pleased to share this with the community that truly led to the company’s success.”

The interactive Meijer Heritage Center is designed to inform and inspire team members and visitors through 12 exhibition areas, including a theater, a selection of personal letters to the Meijer family from team members, suppliers and customers, 30 team member video interviews, and an array of artifacts that tell the Meijer story from its earliest beginnings to the present.

The 5,000-square-foot museum is located on the Meijer Corporate Campus in the Fred Meijer building, 2929 Walker Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, and was unveiled to team members this week at a ribbon cutting event.

The public and media are invited to an open house at the Meijer Heritage Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10. Visitors should utilize the west entrance in the back of the building to attend the open house.

“We’re excited to be able to showcase the founding culture and history of Meijer from which our team has grown to be a leader in delivering the best value and innovation to our customers,” said Mark Meijer, a director on the retailer’s board of directors.

After this weekend’s event, the center will be open to the public for docent- and self-guided tours by appointment only.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 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 can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-735-7968

Source: Meijer

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List of celebrities to play in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am

Top celebrities to play at Egypt Valley Country Club during LPGA week

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tournament officials announced today the list of celebrities playing in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am. More than 35 celebrity guests and LPGA Tour professionals will join the action-packed week during the Meijer LPGA Classic forSimply Give to play in the celebrity pro-am June 14 at Egypt Valley Country Club.

“We are thrilled to host such a stellar mix of celebrities, athletes and local personalities this year,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “The Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am is one of the many reasons our LPGA week is unlike any other.”

The 2016 lineup includes:

  • Joe Kocur
  • Dan Pohl
  • Darren McCarty
  • Brian Vander Ark
  • Eddie Mio
  • Luke Glendening
  • Dean Kolstad
  • Dave Rozema
  • Bryan Smolinski
  • Sergei Samsonov
  • Mike Knuble
  • Pat Peake
  • Larry Murphy
  • Dino Ciccarelli
  • Hélio Castroneves
  • Jack Doles
  • Drew Neitzel
  • Trey Wingo
  • Heather Mitts
  • Dan Jansen
  • Drew Stanton
  • Lou Whitaker
  • Charlie Batch
  • Herman Moore
  • Bill Simonson

“Our community has truly stepped up and supported our fight against hunger,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “We couldn’t have this amazing event without our sponsors and we know the Celebrity Pro-Am will be a priceless experience everyone can enjoy.”

The Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am is open to the public for those with a ticket to the tournament. General admission daily tickets are $10. General admission weekly tickets are $25, and allow for general grounds access at Egypt Valley Country Club on June 14, and Blythefield Country Club throughout the entire tournament week. Children, ages 17 and under, get in free with a ticketed adult.  

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has donated more than $1.3 million to local food pantries through the Simply Give program.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com

To view a video recapping the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com, and a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/LPGAwww.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

SOURCE: Meijer

List of celebrities to play in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am

List of celebrities to play in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Pro-Am

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2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give tickets now available at Michigan Meijer stores

Visit Any Michigan Meijer Location to Purchase Tournament Tickets

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tickets to the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give are now available at each of the retailer’s 110 Michigan stores. The third annual tournament will be held June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids.

General admission daily tickets are $10, and allow for general grounds access for any one day Tuesday-Sunday. General admission weekly tickets are $25, and allow for general grounds access throughout the entire tournament week. Children, ages 17 and under, get in free with a ticketed adult. Both ticket options are now available at the customer service desks in every Michigan Meijer store.

“At Meijer, we are committed to our fundamental philosophy of strengthening the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “In just 2 years, golf fans across West Michigan have supported our cause of feeding hungry families and helped build the foundation for one of the premier LPGA events on tour. We are pleased to offer tickets in all of our Meijer stores and hope to continue the growth of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will feature a full field of 144 golfers competing in a four-day, 72-hole competition.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program. In the event’s two-year history, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program to feed those in need throughout the Midwest.

To purchase tickets for the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com

To view a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/LPGAwww.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

Meijer to change the name of its LPGA tournament to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Tournament focuses on mission to stock local food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer officials announced today that it’s changing the name of its LPGA tournament to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in an effort to focus on its cause of stocking local food pantries.

“Thanks to the ongoing community support, the Meijer LPGA Classic has been incredibly successful, providing world-class golf and fun events for families,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “But it has made a far greater impact by raising awareness and funding for hunger relief in the Midwest. We are dedicated to this cause.”

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic will be held June 13-19 at Blythefield Country Club, and will once again benefit the retailer’s Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. The inaugural tournament in 2014 raised more than $600,000, and the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic generated $750,000 for the Simply Giveprogram.

The program has generated more than $21 million for food pantries across the Midwest since its inception in November 2008.

This year, the tournament will line up with the retailer’s spring Simply Give campaign, which is scheduled to run May 8 through June 19. To participate in the program, customers can purchase a $10 donation card at their local Meijer store, which will be converted into a Meijer food-only gift card and given to the food pantry selected by the store.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic is a great opportunity for the entire community to come together to make a difference,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “We look forward to working with our fantastic sponsors to bring another exciting event to them this year.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic is a world-class tournament that hosts a full field of 144 of the best female golfers playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition.

For more information, please visit MeijerLPGAClassic.com.

About Meijer Simply Give:
Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014 Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association):
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/LPGA, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events:
Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.

Contact: Lesley Baker, Lesley.Baker@octagon.com, 616-426-6225 or Christina Fecher, Christina.Fecher@meijer.com, 616-735-7968

 

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Meijer to change the name of its LPGA tournament to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Meijer brought back its Very Merry Meijer event Nov. 21

Retailer collects customer reactions in Very Merry Meijer video of the fun-filled events

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer gave thanks in a big way this year when it once again surprised an unsuspecting customer in each of its 223 stores by “gifting” them their entire shopping cart filled with Thanksgiving groceries and gifts upon checkout.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer brought back its Very Merry Meijer event Nov. 21 by surprising a customer in each of its stores, but took it a step further when it gave a $100 Meijer gift card to the Meijer cashier helping the customer.

In addition, each surprised customer received an additional $100 Meijer gift card to help pass along the generosity.

“The holidays are a time to give thanks, and we were so excited to bring back the Very Merry Meijer event to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers and team members,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We are very thankful for our customers and team members, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

The Very Merry Meijer event resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in groceries and gifts to Meijer customers – with shopping carts ranging from $150 to upwards of $1,200 in value – along with a mixture of emotions that spurred tears, hugs and even speechlessness from very happy customers. For some customers, the surprise renewed hope in the true meaning of the holiday season; others were thankful for the generosity during a time that can be quite stressful.

Meijer released a video today that showcases how the retailer surprised its customers before Thanksgiving. In most cases, the store director revealed the gift upon checkout, but Hank Meijer, Co-Chairman Doug Meijer, and Meijer President Rick Keyes also helped express thanks.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our customers’ in-store shopping experience through the quality products we sell, the service we provide and the many ways we offer savings,” Keyes said. “The Very Merry Meijer event is a fun way for us to say thank you to our customers and our team members. That is what the holidays are all about.”

The Very Merry Meijer event resulted in some very happy customers, but its impact was far reaching as those customers shared a second gift from the retailer – a $100 Meijer gift card – with a charitable organization, or a family or individual in need. Stories have already been posted on the Meijer Facebook page with the hashtag #MeijerGivesThanks expressing their gratitude for the checkout surprise, and showcasing videos of them paying it forward.

Very Merry Meijer began last year as a simple way to say thank you, but so many of our thoughtful customers saw an opportunity to pass along the generosity,” Doug Meijer said. “It was so inspiring to hear those stories that we wanted to include that in our surprise this year. In all my years at Meijer, this is truly the most fun I’ve ever had.”

Editor’s Note: To follow the Very Merry Meijer conversation in the social space, please look for the hashtag #MeijerGivesThanks.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 223 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 electronic offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Frank Guglielmi, 616-791-3814, frank.guglielmi@meijer.com

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Meijer brought back its Very Merry Meijer event Nov. 21

Meijer brought back its Very Merry Meijer event Nov. 21

Meijer opens new supercenter on Detroit’s northwest side

New 200,000-square-foot neighborhood store located at the site of former Redford High School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Continuing its investment in Detroit, Meijer opened a new supercenter today on the city’s northwest side. The nearly 200,000-square-foot store is located near the Old Redford and Brightmoor neighborhoods and provides local residents the opportunity to walk – rather than drive – to get fresh groceries.

“We always work hard to find locations that will best serve communities, so we are proud that this neighborhood store will provide our new neighbors a fresh grocery option,” Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “We’re very excited to offer a one-stop shopping experience and do our part in helping this neighborhood continue to grow and thrive.”

Built on the site of the former Redford High School, the new Meijer supercenter is the latest of 11 new stores the retailer is opening throughout the Midwest this year. The new store provides customers with quality merchandise, more than 600 types of fresh produce and a full-service, drive-thru pharmacy that puts family health care first, including walk-in health screenings, comprehensive immunizations and specially trained diabetes-care pharmacists.

“The opening of a second Meijer store in Detroit is the latest example of our ability to attract new investment in our neighborhoods,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “Having two Meijer stores to serve as retail anchors is filling an important need in our city and creating significant job opportunities for Detroit residents as well.”

The store features a true marketplace environment, with fresh dairy and produce delivered daily, bakery items – such as bread and custom decorated cakes – made throughout the day, and a full-service deli. It also features a more traditional butcher shop environment, complete with a full-service meat counter, providing custom-cuts of Certified Angus Beef.

The new Detroit Meijer, at the intersection of Grand River and McNichols Ave., creates more than 300 jobs and demonstrates a commitment to community that has guided the family-owned retailer through the years. Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charitable organizations and also offers its Simply Give program to support local food pantries.

The company also partners with local farmers and businesses, when available, to provide locally-grown produce and other local products. For example, the new Detroit Meijer will feature Detroit Bold Traditions Coffee, Better Made Potato Chips, Sanders Ice Cream and distinctive craft beers from Detroit-based Motor City Brewing Works.

Additionally, the Detroit Meijer store will be the latest to highlight Michigan small businesses through the retailer’s Made in Michigan initiative with the Michigan State University Product Center for Food-Ag-Bio. Last year, Meijer expanded its program that supports small Michigan businesses to feature 16 new Michigan-made grocery items in all stores statewide. This year’s lineup will include strawberry syrup by Jessica’s Natural Foods in Birmingham, walnut and almond granola from Pure Blend Granola in Clawson, hot salsa from Mrs. Pruitt’s Cha-Cha Salsa in Detroit, ginger teas from Foods (Food for Thought) in Honor, ginger teas from Sweetwaters in Ann Arbor, and multigrain flatbread and pizza crust by Easy Artisan Bread in Tecumseh.

“There’s so much history and pride here, so many people who’ve lived their entire lives in the city of Detroit, that the opportunity to provide healthy living options in these communities is something our company is grateful to be a part of,” Store Director Jay Mahabir said. “We already feel like a part of the neighborhood and are looking forward to providing a store that’s welcoming to everyone.”

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 217 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. 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: Frank Guglielmi, 616-791-3814, frank.guglielmi@meijer.com

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Meijer opens new supercenter on Detroit’s northwest side

Meijer opens new supercenter on Detroit’s northwest side

The 2015 edition of the Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games will offer 43 sports and will host more than 7,500 athletes

Grand Rapids, Mich., 2015-6-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2015 edition of the Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games will offer 43 sports and will host more than 7,500 athletes. This year, there are 44 different venues that will host a Meijer State Games event. The Meijer State Games of Michigan continues to add sports and events to its lineup, which allows individual of all ages and ability levels the opportunity to compete.

“The Meijer State Games of Michigan evokes such a strong sense of community and state pride in its participants, as well as the thousands of spectators who attend,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “Meijer is strongly committed to helping the community become a better place to live, work and play, and we believe the State Games achieves that goal.”

This year, the Summer Games will have three weekends of competition with the first weekend taking place on June 19-21, followed by the main weekend on June 25-28, and will conclude on August 8-9 with the soccer tournament. The opening ceremony will take place on June 26 at Fifth Third Ball Park, 4500 West River Drive Northeast, Plainfield Township, Mich. The opening ceremony festivities will include athlete village, parade of athletes, national anthem performed by contest winner Mikaela Koelzer, and the lighting of the cauldron.

New sports to the 2015 lineup are baseball, quad rugby, soccer, tennis and the ultrafit challenge. There are also new divisions at this year’s Meijer State Games with women’s indoor volleyball, girl’s fastpitch softball, sporting clays, mountain biking – short track, and girl’s high school basketball.

The 43 sports that will appear at this year’s Summer Games include: 5k, Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, BMX, Bocce Ball, Bowling, Boxing, Cricket, UltraFit Challenge, Cycling, Disc Golf, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Football 7-on-7, Golf, Hockey, Horseshoes, Judo, Karate, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Pickleball, Quad Rugby, Racquetball, Rowing, Rugby, Shooting Sports, Skateboarding, Softball, Soccer, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Tae-Kwon-Do, Tennis, Track & Field, Urban Downhill Longboard, Volleyball, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, and Wrestling.

All the events in the 2015 Meijer State Games of Michigan sports lineup will take place in the greater Grand Rapids area as there are 44 venues that will be hosting events in multisport event. For more information on the 2015 sports lineup and confirmed locations, please visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/sports. The venue map for the 2015 Meijer State Games of Michigan can be viewed here: http://stategamesofmichigan.com/venue.

Sponsor of the 2015 Meijer State Games of Michigan are: Meijer, Subway, Metro Health, Myway Mobile Storage, Fox Motors, MC Sports, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Neurocore. Sponsorship opportunities are always available for any budget, email stategames@westmisports.com for sponsorship information.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan offers 40+ sports and there are over 7,500 athletes that will compete in this year’s event. For more information about the Meijer State Games of Michigan, please visit our website: www.stategamesofmichigan.com.

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About the Meijer State Games of Michigan:
Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability, and embodies the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of Michigan. In August 2017, the Meijer State Games of Michigan will play host to the State Games of America.

A signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission, the Meijer State Games of Michigan is truly a grassroots organization that relies on the dedication of thousands of volunteers and the support of corporate partners.

About the West Michigan Sports Commission:
The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to positively impact the economy and quality of life in the region. Since its inception in 2007, the WMSC has booked nearly 400 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 550,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $145 million in direct visitor spending. Visit www.westmisports.com for more information.

Contact:
David Gerhart, 733-316-6344, dgerhart@westmisports.com or Eric Engelbarts, 616-233-3563, eengelbarts@westmisports.com

Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot supercenter in Manistee, 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 Manistee, Mich. The new supercenter provides local residents and neighbors in Ludington, Cadillac, Bear Lake, Frankfort and Scottville access to fresh produce delivered daily, affordable, high-quality merchandise and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“We are overjoyed to bring the Meijer one-stop shopping experience to our neighbors in Manistee and its surrounding communities,” Co-Chairman Doug 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 Western Michigan has to offer.”

Located at 15 Caberfae Highway, 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 Ken Babcock presented a $25,000 check to the Manistee County Council on Aging, an organization that works to keep seniors independent by providing a variety of services that offer assistance to local residents 60 years and older.

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 our opening, and we’re excited to bring our store to this great community,” Babcock 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: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968

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Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot supercenter in Manistee, Michigan

Meijer opened new 190,000-square-foot supercenter in Manistee, Michigan

Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 to further their college education with the Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship

Deadline to apply for competitive scholarship ends April 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-2-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth consecutive year, Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 to further their college education with the Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship, a competitive scholarship administered by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

“Our dad always believed that continued education and lifelong learning were invaluable,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “My brothers and I are pleased to continue providing this scholarship opportunity for Meijer team members and their children through the Meijer Foundation.”

The Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship is a private scholarship fund that was established at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1975 originally for children of Meijer team members. In 2010, the scholarship program was expanded to include Meijer team members themselves and awards were increased from $500 to $1,000. The Meijer Foundation funded the scholarship in 2011 with a significant endowment to the Community Foundation, and enhanced the scholarship in 2012 to $2,500, while also providing two $10,000 scholarships: one each in Fred and Lena Meijer’s names.

Last year, the program awarded $442,500 in scholarships, furthering the educations of 171 Meijer team members and their children. Of that amount, two recipients were awarded $10,000 scholarships and 169 others throughout the retailer’s five-state footprint received $2,500 scholarships.

The Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship is awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation based on financial need, academics, and community involvement. A written essay of aspirations and educational goals is also part of the application process.

“We are pleased to work with Meijer to provide scholarships for its team and their family members,” Grand Rapids Community Foundation President Diana Sieger said. “The opportunities that higher education offers can change a person’s life, and the scholarships can help make that happen.”

The scholarships are available for use at any accredited college, university, vocational, technical or specialized educational institution nationwide. The number of scholarships awarded each year is determined as a percentage of the total number of applicants as set by the federal government.

To qualify for the scholarships, Meijer team members must have one year of continuous service by the April 1 application deadline, and may be full- or part-time students. Dependents of Meijer team member must be full-time students with a minimum of 12 credit hours.

For more information on the application process and to apply, please visit http://www.grfoundation.org/scholarshipselection.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. 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 can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About the Grand Rapids Community Foundation
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation leads Kent County in making positive, sustainable change. With its endowment, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation support local nonprofits, leads significant social change and helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals. For more information, please visit www.grfoundation.org.

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Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com