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Nearly one year after launching its first new format store in the Chicago market, Meijer has opened another Meijer Marketplace store, this time in the western suburb of Berwyn.
“We are very pleased to continue our growth in Chicagoland,” said Hank Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “Our team has worked very hard to get our new Berwyn store ready, and we’re excited to bring the Meijer difference to customers in Berwyn and the surrounding communities.”
Tuesday morning’s ribbon-cutting event included the presentation of a check for $15,000 to the Christian Life Center food pantry and $10,000 to Berwyn Main Street, a comprehensive community revitalization program that promotes the historic preservation and economic development of traditional business districts.
“Meijer is one of the key new businesses in Berwyn that is helping to lead the charge in the economic redevelopment of the near-west suburbs,” said Mayor Robert J. Lovero. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with them.”
At more than 91,000 square feet, the Meijer Marketplace in Berwyn’s Cermak Plaza will offer competitive prices on national and Meijer own brand grocery items, along with a full-service pharmacy offering health and beauty products.
The new store promises the benefits of larger Meijer stores, offering a “mini supercenter” concept. This includes more than 600 varieties of fresh produce, including Hispanic produce such as nopalitos, tomatillos and chayote. The meat department offers custom cuts, while the bakery carries fresh bread baked four times a day, European cookies and custom-decorated cakes. The new store also carries many local brands such as Vienna, Jays and Papa Charlie’s as well as Hispanic brands such as Cacique, Lala and Jarritos, providing a new shopping option for the store’s ethnically diverse community.
Meijer opened its first Chicago-area store in Bolingbrook in 1999. With the addition of the Berwyn store, Meijer now has 15 locations in the Chicago area, ranging in size from full supercenters to the smaller Marketplace concepts.
Meijer operates 199 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.