Meijer brings low prices, fresh produce delivered daily and drive-thru pharmacy to Flat Rock, Michigan shoppers

Meijer brings low prices, fresh produce delivered daily and drive-thru pharmacy to Flat Rock, Michigan shoppers
Meijer brings low prices, fresh produce delivered daily and drive-thru pharmacy to Flat Rock, Michigan shoppers

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened a new 150,000-square-foot supercenter today in Flat Rock, Mich., bringing southeastern 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.

“We always strive to find locations that will bring a fresher retail approach to communities, so we are pleased to provide our new neighbors with an incredible combination of selection and quality at lower prices,” CEO Hank Meijer said. “We’re very excited to offer a one-stop shopping experience and do our part to help this community continue to grow and thrive.”

The new store is the last 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 has created 3,000 new jobs across the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s six-state foot print. The Flat Rock store will welcome customers from the Brownstown, Huron Township, Carleton, New Boston and Gibraltar communities and is located at 26100 Vreeland, just east of Telegraph Road.

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 Jack Schubert presented $25,000 to Flat Rock Community Schools.

As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer donates more than 7 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 at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer’s Simply Give program has generated nearly $24 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest. This year’s fall Simply Give campaign will run through Sept. 24 and all proceeds from the Flat Rock Meijer will benefit the Helping Hands Food Pantry.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center, and 24-hour gas station, the new Flat Rock 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 program has filled more than 34 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $473 million.

As part of its grand opening celebration, the new Flat Rock Meijer location will feature a variety of grand opening events in the coming weeks. On Aug. 14, 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 events include an in-store community picnic on Aug. 19 and a health & wellness event on Sept. 7.

“Our team has worked very hard to prepare for this opening, and we’re excited to finally open doors in this great community,” Meijer President Rick Keyes said.

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 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

Source: Meijer

 

Healthy check stand featuring fresh produce and healthy snacks to open at Fresh Market in Ogden on Oct 2

Ogden UT, 2015-10-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Healthy Check Stand to Open In Fresh Market Ogden

WHAT:           A healthy check stand featuring fresh produce and healthy snacks will officially open to the public October 2 at Fresh Market in Ogden in partnership with the Weber-Morgan Health Department. A ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks will be made by Weber-Morgan Health Department’s Health Officer, Brian Bennion, Fresh Market’s store director, Brandon Allred, and Fresh Market’s nutritionist, Ron Beckstrom.

WHEN:           Friday, October 2, 10:30 a.m.

WHY:              In an effort to help promote a healthy lifestyle, Weber-Morgan Health Department and Fresh Market have partnered to create a healthy check stand—offering fresh produce and healthy snacks to guests as they checkout. According to Weber-Morgan Health Department’s 2014 Center for Health Data, Weber-Morgan has an overweight and obese population of 62.3 percent. 26.8 percent of the Weber-Morgan population has been diagnosed with high blood pressure and 8.9 percent with diabetes (vs. Utah’s 24.4 percent and 7.6 percent).

WHERE:         Fresh Market

5691 Harrison Blvd
Ogden UT 84403

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Media Contact:
Sarah Pettit
Public Relations Manager
801.916.1070

Scpettit@afstores.com

PIO WMHD
Lori Buttars
801.399.7114
lbuttars@co.weber.ut.us

Resources:

For more information about Weber-Morgan Health Department’s health statistics, please visit:http://ibis/health.utah.gov

Healthy check stand with fresh produce and healthy snacks opens at Macey’s Tooele in partnership with Bear River Valley Health Department

Providence UT, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Healthy check stand with fresh produce and healthy snacks opens at Macey’s Tooele in partnership with Bear River Valley Health Department

WHAT: A healthy check stand featuring fresh produce and healthy snacks will officially open to the public September 1 at Macey’s Tooele in partnership with Bear River Valley Health Department. A ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks will be made by Bear River Health Department’s Lloyd Berentzen, Macey’s store director Kerry Chin and Macey’s nutritionist Ron Beckstrom. 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 1, 10 a.m.

WHY:  In an effort to help promote a healthy lifestyle, Bear River Valley Health Department and Macey’s have partnered to create a healthy check stand—offering fresh produce and healthy snacks to guests as they checkout. According to Bear River Health Department’s 2013 Center for Health Data, Bear River Valley’s obese or overweight population is at 59 percent and high blood pressure and diabetes incidence is at 7.5 percent (vs. Utah’s at 7.1).

WHERE:

Macey’s Providence
50 North Highway 165
Providence UT 84332

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Media Contacts:
Sarah Pettit
Public Relations Manager
801.916.1070

Scpettit@afstores.com

Bear River Valley Health Department

Jill Parker

Public Information Officer

435.994.1022

jparker@brhd.org

 

Resources:

For more information about Bear River Health Department’s health statistics, please visit: http://ibis/health.utah.gov

NACS and United Fresh publish new resource to help retailers examine what they need to consider to have success with a fresh produce program

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — As more convenience stores consider expanding their fresh produce offer in stores, a new resource has been published to help them examine what they need to consider to have success with a fresh produce program.

Are You Fit for Fresh?” a simple 10-point checklist developed by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh), looks at critical areas to assess whether a specific store should grow its fresh produce offer.

Convenience stores are increasingly adding more healthy and fresh items, according to NACS member survey conducted in June. More than 3 in 4 (77%) retailers say they sell fresh fruits and vegetables, almost 6 in 10 (57%) sell packaged salads and nearly half (47%) also sell cut fruit and vegetables. Convenience stores also have expanded selections of these items. Over the past six months, 50% of all convenience retailers say they have expanded their fresh fruit sales, 30% have increased their cut fruit and vegetable offers and 21% are offering more salads.

Sales of fresh fruits and vegetables in convenience stores grew 10.3%, nearly four times the overall 2.7% growth rate of produce sales in the United States in 2014, according to Nielsen data.

“A strong produce program can attract new customers, increase sales, plus deliver strong margins,” said NACS Chairman of the Board and NACS-United Fresh Convenience Task Force co-chairman Steve Loehr, vice president of operations with La Crosse, WI-based Kwik Trip. “This resource helps retailers ask the right questions about customer demand and resources required to effectively execute a quality program.”

“We want to provide solutions from the entire fresh produce supply chain to help convenience store retailers capitalize on this ‘fresh’ opportunity,” said NACS-United Fresh Convenience Task Force co-chairman Ron Carkoski. “Retailers who share an interest to develop a fresh program can be ensured that our effort will address best practices and educational programs to achieve success,” said Carkoski, who also is United Fresh’s past chairman of the board and president and CEO of Ephrata, PA-based Four Seasons Family of Companies.

The new publication is the second deliverable from the partnership that NACS and United Fresh formed in June 2014 to identify best practices to grow produce sales in convenience stores.  Earlier this year the groups published the 26-page “Building the Business Case for Produce Sales at Convenience Stores.” More than two-dozen retailers, distributors and produce companies helped develop and review the document.

The groups are developing follow-up resources and sessions to help retailers execute quality produce programs. They led a session at the 2015 United Fresh convention in June and will do the same at the upcoming NACS Show, which takes place October 11-14 in Las Vegas.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.