Meijer Opens in South Haven

190,000-square-foot store features fresh fruit delivered daily, a free prescription program and pharmacy services designed to promote family health

May 1, 2014

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer opened a supercenter today in South Haven, Mich., marking its first of nine new stores the retailer will open this year in the Midwest, Co-Chairman Doug Meijer announced. The 190,000 square-foot store at 1223 Phoenix St. will create more than 270 new jobs and provide local residents high quality products, fresh produce and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority. 

“As a pioneer of one-stop shopping, we have always strived to offer easy, affordable solutions to our neighbors and look forward to bringing fresh value to South Haven,” Meijer said. “Whether you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables delivered daily, getting your yard ready for summer or seeking answers about a nagging health concern, this supercenter represents our ongoing commitment to help provide a healthier balanced lifestyle for anyone who steps through our door.”  

Meijer kicked off its opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event inside the store, followed by remarks by Meijer officials and local dignitaries, and the presentation of a check for $25,000 to the South Haven High School’s Athletic Department for a new scoreboard and batting cage.  

“The City of South Haven welcomes Meijer into our community,” Mayor Robert Burr said. “Not only am I excited about the job creation and private investment this development represents, but I am personally pleased with our partners in South Haven Charter Township, who actively partnered with the city to ensure this development was planned and built in a high quality manner. This is the latest example of the strong partnerships built between the city and South Haven Charter Township, which will help to ensure the economic viability for the South Haven community for years to come.”

The new store is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and features more than 600 high quality varieties of fresh produce, a meat department that offers neighborhood butcher shop service with custom cuts of high quality meats and a bakery that carries fresh bread baked four times a day. 

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise offerings, garden center and 24-hour gas station, the new pharmacy 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 19 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $276 million.  

“Our team has worked very hard to get this store ready and we’re excited to bring one of our stores to South Haven,” said April Groenleer, store director of the South Haven Meijer. “We are home here in South Haven, and we believe it’s important to continue bringing fresh opportunities to the communities where we’re located. Whether it’s through donations to local organizations or in supporting farmers across the Midwest, we’re focused on growing together with our customers.”

About Meijer

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 205 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 electronics departments, garden centers and apparel 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 and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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