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Sunday, 17 February 2013 22:00

Meijer details $160M plan

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Walker-based retailing giant Meijer Inc. says it plans to build six new supercenter stores and remodel five others this year.

The plan is part of a $160 million investment project the company announced in mid-February. In Michigan, Meijer plans to build new stores in Swartz Creek and Detroit and renovate stores in Lansing, Flint, Taylor and the Knapp’s Corner location in Grand Rapids, which will test elements of the company’s new flagship design concept.

Elsewhere, new stores are also planned for Portage, Ind., Warsaw, Ind., Danville, Ill. and Evergreen Park, Ill. The company also plans to renovate a store in Springfield, Ill.

Each new store results in the creation of at least 250 new full-time or part-time jobs, according to Meijer. The retailer has opened 29 new stores since 2007.

Not included in the announcement, however, are plans for the retailer to expand into Wisconsin. Meijer continues to pursue new stores in Grafton, Oak Creek, Sussex and Wauwatosa, although it dropped a plan to build a new store in Franklin, according to reports in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The company also plans to open a new distribution center in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. by the end of 2014. Meijer purchased the facility from Supervalu Inc. and said it would upgrade the site to serve its planned new stores in southeastern Wisconsin, according to reports.

The retailer also continues to be mum on plans it filed with the City of Walker to renovate its corporate headquarters, a story MiBiz first reported in October 2012.

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