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    Meijer Looking to Boost Michigan Headcount by 2,700

    GRAND RAPIDS -- With the planned opening of nine new supercenters this year, food and general merchandise retailer Meijer expects to have approximately 2,700 new employees in the state -- up to 450 team members per store -- beginning this month.

    GRAND RAPIDS -- With the planned opening of nine new supercenters this year, food and general merchandise retailer Meijer expects to have approximately 2,700 new employees in the state -- up to 450 team members per store -- beginning this month.

    Hiring will begin with Meijer's new White Lake supercenter within the next couple of months. "We are excited to put the 'Now Hiring' signs out," said John Zimmerman, Meijer spokesman. "Not only is the community excited to shop our new stores, they are excited about the opportunity to work for one of the best companies in town. There is a great pool of applicants out there and we look forward to talking with them."

    Typically a mass hiring for a new store will accept around 4,000 applications.

    The White Lake supercenter is a 207,000 square foot location offering more than 35 expanded departments, 200,000-plus items, a pharmacy located in the front of the store, new adjacencies, expanded electronic/entertainment center, lower shelving for easy accessibility, wider aisles, and information centers throughout the store.

    Meijer will be opening five more Michigan stores this year; Gaines Township, Holland Township, Marysville, Southfield and Ionia -- which will be a replacement store. The stores are among the nine new supercenters the Michigan-based retailer said it will open in 2005. Overall, Meijer will be hiring over 3,600 team members this year.

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