GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its investment in Indianapolis, Meijer opened a new supercenter today in the city's North Kessler neighborhood. The 192,000-square-foot store is located at 5550 N. Keystone Ave. and provides local residents the opportunity to walk – rather than drive – to get fresh groceries.
"We always work hard to find locations that will benefit from our offerings, so we are proud to provide our new neighbors in Indianapolis with our great combination of selection and quality at lower prices," CEO Hank Meijer said. "We're very excited to offer a one-stop shopping experience and do our part to help this neighborhood continue to grow and thrive."
The new store is the latest of nine new Meijer supercenters to open – and part of an investment of more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores – this year, which will create 3,000 new jobs across the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer's six-state foot print. Since 2005, Meijer has invested nearly $200 million in new stores and remodeling projects at stores in Indianapolis.
Built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, the store will be open 24 hours a day. The store features a true marketplace environment, with fresh dairy and produce delivered daily, bakery items – such as bread and custom decorated cakes – made throughout the day, and a full-service deli. It also features a more traditional butcher shop environment, complete with a full-service meat counter, providing custom-cuts of Certified Angus Beef.
Opening celebrations began with a ribbon-cutting event, followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials. The store also demonstrated its commitment to the community by making donations to a local organization. Store Director Lonnie Jordan presented $25,000 to Easter Seals Crossroads, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, to live better lives for 80 years.
As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores work with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer's Simply Give program has generated more than $21 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.
In addition to the retailer's traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center, the new North Kessler Meijer pharmacy will offer drive-thru pick up and the company's free prescription program. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins, and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled nearly 33 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers nearly $454 million.
"Our team has worked very hard to prepare for this opening, and we're excited to finally open our doors to this great community," Store Director Lonnie Jordan said. "We are really looking forward to providing a store that's welcoming to everyone."
About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 227 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the "one-stop shopping" concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.
Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943
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