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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Adding to its growing presence in suburban Chicago, Meijer Inc. based here cut the ribbon on a new store in Oswego on Wednesday. "We entered the Chicago market in 1999 and are committed to providing more and more Chicagoland customers with the high quality, low price convenience of a Meijer supercenter," said Hank Meijer, co-chairman and c.e.o. of the family-held chain.
The new Meijer is one of five new stores the privately held chain will open this year, with seven more new units on tap for 2008.
In addition to new stores, Meijer has a robust remodeling agenda planned for its stores in Michigan and across the Midwest. In the Chicago market, where Meijer now has 11 stores from McHenry to Plainfield, every Meijer store is being enhanced and improved to localize products and make the shopping experience easier. The new stores are roughly 210,000 square feet, roughly three football fields in size, but are designed to move product quickly from the shipping area to the shelves -- which allows for a more effective and efficient flow and assists in controlling costs.
In addition to the configuration of the stores, Meijer is also highlighting its new product offerings, including more than 150 Meijer Brand Organic items and many local Chicago favorites. At the store's pharmacy, Meijer's ongoing Free Antibiotic program will be available at the new Oswego store as well.
"We are committed to growing in the Chicago market and across our five-state region," said Meijer's spokeswoman Stacie Behler.
Meijer operates 178 stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The chain was named 2006 Retailer of the Year by Progressive Grocer.