Meijer Announces Wisconsin Store Openings

First Meijer Supercenters in Grafton and Kenosha expected to open in June, hiring to begin in March

January 28, 2015

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

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – More than 2 years after Meijer first publicly confirmed it was considering opening stores in the state of Wisconsin, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is in the home stretch of   construction of its four new supercenters in the greater Milwaukee area.

“Foundations are set, floors are poured and the walls are up at our four new Wisconsin stores,” Meijer Senior Director of Communications Frank Guglielmi said. “All of us at Meijer are looking forward to bringing the Meijer experience to new customers in Wisconsin this summer.”

The retailer has confirmed that its stores in Grafton and Kenosha will open this June, and its stores in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa will follow in August. Each store will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local officials and store team members. Those specific dates will be announced about six weeks prior to the ribbon-cutting event. The Kenosha and Oak Creek Meijer stores will also feature a convenience store and gas station, which will open about 30 days prior to the main store, in May and July respectively.

“By the time we open these great new Wisconsin stores, we will have used 500 miles of wire, 4,000 tons of steel and 16,000 cubic yards of cement to build the four new supercenters,” Guglielmi said. “This will result in state-of-the-art stores that are the best our company has to offer.”

The retailer now has 213 stores throughout the Midwest and has grown steadily by focusing on fresh grocery options, value to customers and community partnership. The new supercenters in Grafton, Kenosha, Oak Creek and Wauwatosa will feature fresh produce, meat and dairy delivered seven days a week, and a bakery that offers fresh bread baked four times daily. As Meijer stores are open 24 hours a day, customers will have access to these offerings around the clock.

In addition to traditional grocery and merchandise offerings, the stores will also feature a pharmacy offering the company’s free prescription program, as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health.

The retailer has a strong family and corporate tradition of caring by giving more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations each year, including significant support of hunger relief initiatives in the communities it serves. The retailer offers a food rescue program at each of its 213 stores, and has a signature program called Simply Give that has generated more than $12 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

Meijer began establishing relationships with Milwaukee area food banks before the retailer broke ground on its new stores. For example, Meijer donated two semi-trucks and trailers to both Hunger Task Force and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, along with a total of more than 216,000 pounds of food.

“We are very pleased to continue our growth into Wisconsin,” Milwaukee Market Director Chris Hoffmann said. “We are working diligently to put together a great team to help bring the Meijer difference to customers in Milwaukee and the surrounding communities.

Hoffmann said store directors have already been identified. Longtime Meijer team members Polly Emelander and Tom Livernois, who’ve both held numerous leadership positions, have been named as the Oak Creek and Wauwatosa store directors, respectively. Wisconsin native Steve Talbert has been selected as the Grafton store director, and longtime Meijer Store Director Don Mettler has been selected as the Kenosha store director.

Hoffmann also said while initial hiring for leadership positions is underway at each of the four Milwaukee-area stores, the retailer plans to begin the hiring of more than 1,000 new team members in March. The hourly positions will be part- and full-time across a wide array of skill sets, but ideal candidates will possess a desire to develop as part of the Meijer team and provide exceptional customer service. More details on the hiring process will be announced in the coming weeks.

Meijer has plans for additional stores in the greater Milwaukee area and throughout the state, and has stated it plans to open two to three new Wisconsin stores each year for the next four years.

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 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.

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