SUSSEX, Wis., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Meijer opened a new 192,000-square-foot supercenter today in Sussex, Wis. bringing local 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.
"It has been a great privilege to demonstrate the Meijer difference to customers in Wisconsin during this past year," Meijer President Rick Keys said. "So, we are truly pleased to open this new store, which will provide Sussex and its surrounding communities with our combination of selection and quality at low prices."
The Sussex store is one 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. The Sussex store, located off Highway K and 164, is the fifth Wisconsin Meijer store.
In 2015, Meijer opened its first four supercenters in Wisconsin in Grafton, Kenosha, Wauwatosa, and Oak Creek. In addition to the Sussex location, Meijer will also be opening a supercenter in Waukesha later this summer. Meijer has made a major commitment to growth in the state of Wisconsin and plans to open two to three additional stores per year through 2020, including potential locations in the Green Bay, Fox Valley, Greenfield, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan area in the next several years.
The new Meijer store was 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.
The opening celebration began with a ribbon-cutting event, followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials. Store Director Steve Talbert demonstrated the store's commitment to the community by presenting $25,000 to Sussex Parks and Recreation to help fund a new fully-accessible Hallmark Playground at Weyer Park designed to be enjoyed by children of all abilities.
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 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 more than $21 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest. This year's Spring Simply Give campaign will run through June 19 and all proceeds will be donated to Sussex Outreach Services.
In addition to the retailer's traditional grocery and merchandise, garden center and 24-hour gas station, the new Sussex 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.
"We are excited to continue our growth in Wisconsin," Store Director Steve Talbert said. "We've worked hard to prepare for this grand opening, and we are ready to provide all of our new customers in and around Sussex a fantastic shopping experience."
About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 228 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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