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    Meijer Unveils Smaller Format Chicago Concept Store

    Meijer cut the ribbon on its first smaller format grocery-focused store in the Chicago suburb of Niles, which measures 102,000 square-feet -- about half the size of the family-held retailer’s typical supercenter.

    Meijer cut the ribbon on its first smaller format grocery-focused store in the Chicago suburb of Niles, which measures 102,000 square-feet -- about half the size of the family-held retailer’s typical supercenter.

    Located at 9000 W. Golf Rd. just east of I-294, the new Niles store represents the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based regional retailer’s 12th site in suburban Chicago. Built inside a formerly vacant retail facility, the store skews heavily toward grocery, pharmacy and ethnic foods while still providing some general merchandise offerings.

    "For several years, we have worked hard throughout the Midwest to offer specific grocery items that are relevant to the unique customer base in the communities we service," said Meijer president Mark Murray. "The Niles community is represented by a variety of cultures, and we are thrilled to be able to serve such a diverse community."

    Murray said the 191-store Meijer plans to expand the new concept store in the Chicago area with a second grocery-focused store off of 157th St. in the Village of Orland Park later this year. Construction of the planned store will begin in the coming weeks and includes a full renovation of a currently vacant retail site.

    To view a map of Meijer’s newest location, visit: http://img.meijer.com/assets/site/images/grandopenings/2010/storetour/niles_storeMAP.pdf.

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