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More than two years after Meijer first publicly confirmed it was considering opening stores in Wisconsin, the Michigan-based retailer is in the home stretch of construction of its four new supercenters in the greater Milwaukee area.
And that’s just the beginning – Meijer has plans for additional stores in the area and throughout the state, and expects to open two to three new Wisconsin stores each year for the next four years.
“Foundations are set, floors are poured and the walls are up at our four new Wisconsin stores,” said Frank Guglielmi, Meijer’s senior director of communications. “All of us at Meijer are looking forward to bringing the Meijer experience to new customers in Wisconsin this summer.”
Stores in Grafton and Kenosha will open this June, with locations in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa to follow in August; specific dates will be announced about six weeks prior to the ribbon-cutting events. Kenosha and Oak Creek stores will also feature a convenience store and gas station, which will open about 30 days prior to the main store, in May and July respectively.
The retailer now has 213 round-the-clock stores throughout the Midwest and has grown steadily by focusing on fresh grocery options, value to customers and community partnership. The new Wisconsin supercenters will feature fresh produce, meat and dairy delivered seven days a week, and a bakery that offers fresh bread baked four times daily.
In addition to traditional grocery and merchandise, the stores will also feature a pharmacy offering the company’s free prescription program, as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health.
“We are very pleased to continue our growth into Wisconsin,” Milwaukee Market Director Chris Hoffmann said. “We are working diligently to put together a great team to help bring the Meijer difference to customers in Milwaukee and the surrounding communities."
Hoffmann said store directors have already been identified. Longtime Meijer team members Polly Emelander and Tom Livernois, who’ve both held numerous leadership positions, have been named as the Oak Creek and Wauwatosa store directors, respectively. Wisconsin native Steve Talbert has been selected as the Grafton store director, and longtime Meijer Store Director Don Mettler has been selected as the Kenosha store director.
Hoffmann also said while initial hiring for leadership positions is underway at each of the four Milwaukee-area stores, the retailer plans to begin the hiring of more than 1,000 new full- and part-time team members in March.
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.