Meijer has announced plans to invest more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores across its six-state footprint this year.
The investment will include the construction of nine new Meijer supercenters and 32 different remodel projects, the company says. While Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin will each see the addition of new Meijer supercenters at a later date this year, the few dozen remodels have begun or are slated to begin soon.
"We are pleased to continue to grow and invest in the Midwest communities that have supported us for so long," Chief Executive Officer Hank Meijer said in a statement. "By keeping prices low and ensuring a great shopping environment, we are keeping our promise to our customers that we will provide the best one-stop shopping solution."
The opening of each new Meijer store represents as many as 300 full- and part-time jobs, taking the total of new company employees up to as many as 3,000.
Locations for the new Meijer supercenters opening in 2016 include:
In addition to the nine new supercenters, Meijer says the company is aggressively remodeling stores in “key markets” such as Detroit, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne. Southeastern Michigan will see 12 Meijer supercenters remodeled, Indianapolis will have three remodels, and Fort Wayne will have two. The Meijer store in Burton, MI will also be included in the project.
"We will continue our process of slow, steady growth," the CEO continued. "This plan has allowed us to remain focused on our customers and team members, while growing our business and ensuring we continue to innovate in the marketplace."
The depth of each store’s remodel will vary based on several factors, the company said, but will include store enhancements like improving store layouts, expanding grocery/health and beauty sections, as well as lighting, heating, refrigeration, and parking lot improvements. Meijer will also be increasing energy-efficiency by introducing newer technologies.