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Supercenter pioneer Meijer is gearing up for a $27 million expansion of its distribution center in Newport, Mich., which will create hundreds of new jobs while simultaneously jump-starting economic activity in the financially challenged state.
As Meijer moves into its 75th year of doing business, Mark Murray, president of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, said: “Our Newport facility is a key part of our supply chain, and the expansion of this distribution center is critical to Meijer, as we are poised for more growth in the Midwest and Michigan.”
The project will add nearly one-quarter-million square feet to the distribution center, increasing the facility's size to nearly 1.2 million square feet. The Newport distribution center ships meat, produce, dry grocery products and frozen foods to more than 45 Meijer stores on a daily basis. Newport is one of four Meijer distribution facilities located in the Midwest. Meijer also operates distribution complexes in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Lansing, Mich.; Tipp City, Ohio; and Middlebury, Ind.
Meijer operates 185 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.