Meijer expanding into UP; remodels planned for 2 W. MI stores

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Meijer is expanding into the Upper Peninsula with two new stores slated to open this year.

Meijer plans to open supercenters in Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie. The Walker-based retailer is also adding two supercenters in Indiana and three in Wisconsin.

In West Michigan, major renovations are planned at the Meijer on Alpine Avenue in Walker between August and November, and at the Meijer near Rockford on 10 Mile Road slated to last about six months beginning in June.

The Rockford-area Meijer will have major improvements including a new bakery, a deli featuring sushi and wood oven for fresh pizza. It will also feature a larger pharmacy, a consultation room with drive-thru windows for customers needing quicker prescription pickup.

“These projects represent an investment in our customers, team members and the local communities that have supported us for so long,” President & Chief Executive Officer Rick Keyes said in a press release. “We’re also excited that at long last we’ll cross the bridge and open our first stores in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.”

This is the second year of major expansion for the Meijer corporation. In 2016, the company spent an estimated $400 million to open nine new stores throughout the Midwest, including a new store in Sturgis that opened in June.

By the end of the year, Meijer will have 237 stores in six states and will have added 2,100 new jobs, according to a company spokesperson. Meijer says the opening of each new store adds as many as 300 full and part-time jobs.

The construction of seven new supercenters and 22 remodel projects in 2017 are expected to cost more than $375 million.