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Supercenter pioneer Meijer, Inc. has been given the green light to install wind turbines that would produce electricity for its corporate offices and at least two southwestern Michigan stores.
Current plans are for six wind turbines to be installed on the roof of the Meijer headquarters facility, with meters placed inside the building.
The wind turbines are being manufactured by locally based Cascade Engineering and should be installed within the next 45 days. Meijer is also hoping to expand its wind turbine project to include its stores in the west Michigan lakeshore communities of Grand Haven and Norton Shores.
"We continue to look for ways to decrease our carbon footprint, and this wind turbine project is yet another example of how we can apply innovation to be more green,” said Stacie Behler, spokeswoman for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.
Meijer, which operates 185 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky, has launched numerous green initiatives over the past few years, including the construction of LEED-certified stores, a plastic bag-recycling program and the continued expansion of green products sold inside the stores, including reusable bags.
The addition of wind turbines is part of the family-held, one-stop-shopping trailblazer's long history of evolution through the years that's also included expanded fresh produce and meat departments, in-store pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings.