GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Meijer opened a new 150,000-square-foot supercenter today in Flat Rock, Mich., bringing southeastern Michigan shoppers better access to low prices on high-quality merchandise, fresh produce delivered daily and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.
"We always strive to find locations that will bring a fresher retail approach to communities, so we are pleased to provide our new neighbors with an incredible 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 community continue to grow and thrive."
The new store is the last 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 has created 3,000 new jobs across the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer's six-state foot print. The Flat Rock store will welcome customers from the Brownstown, Huron Township, Carleton, New Boston and Gibraltar communities and is located at 26100 Vreeland, just east of Telegraph Road.
With more than 100 stores located throughout Michigan, the new store is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and will be open 24 hours a day. The grocery options that Meijer offers include more than 600 varieties of farm-fresh produce and a full-service meat department that features fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef and custom cuts of meat. The bakery specializes in custom-decorated cakes and fresh bread baked four times daily.
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 Jack Schubert presented $25,000 to Flat Rock Community Schools.
As part of its ongoing community support, Meijer donates more than 7 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level. Since 2008, the retailer's Simply Give program has generated nearly $24 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest. This year's fall Simply Give campaign will run through Sept. 24 and all proceeds from the Flat Rock Meijer will benefit the Helping Hands Food Pantry.
In addition to the retailer's traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center, and 24-hour gas station, the new Flat Rock 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 program has filled more than 34 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $473 million.
As part of its grand opening celebration, the new Flat Rock Meijer location will feature a variety of grand opening events in the coming weeks. On Aug. 14, the first 200 customers to enter the store after 6 a.m. will receive a Meijer mystery gift card with a value of $5, $10 or $20. Other events include an in-store community picnic on Aug. 19 and a health & wellness event on Sept. 7.
"Our team has worked very hard to prepare for this opening, and we're excited to finally open doors in this great community," Meijer President Rick Keyes said.
About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 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.