MILWAUKEE – Meijer is now in its sixth state after
opening its first two Wisconsin super-centers to local
customers on Tuesday, June 23.
192,000 square foot stores in Grafton and Kenosha have
created nearly 600 jobs and are the first in the state
to carry the retailer’s unique offerings that include
fresh, high-quality produce and groceries, general
merchandise, and full-service pharmacies.
Meijer now operates 219 stores in six states and employs
more than 65,000 team members throughout the Midwest.
In addition to the retailer's traditional grocery,
merchandise and garden center at each store, the new
pharmacies offer drive-thru pick up and the Meijer free
prescription program. Since its inception in 2006, the
program has filled nearly 26 million free prescriptions,
saving Meijer customers more than $376 million.
Opening celebrations began with a ribbon-cutting event
at each store, followed by remarks from Meijer
leadership and local officials. The stores demonstrated
their commitment to the community by making donations to
two local organizations.
In Kenosha, Meijer donated $25,000 to Boys & Girls Club
of Kenosha to revamp and reopen its "Kids in the
Kitchen" program, which teaches youth members about
healthy eating habits, as well as how to prepare and
cook fresh meals and snacks for their families. In
Grafton, Meijer donated $25,000 to the Village of
Grafton to install five new informational kiosks and new
pavilion as part of the community's Riverwalk.
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 $15.5 million for
its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.
In August, Meijer will open two additional stores in
Wauwatosa and Oak Creek. The retailer has plans for
continued growth in Wisconsin.
"It's been nearly 20 years since we've chosen to enter a
new state, so we are grateful for the enthusiastic
response we've received as we've built these first
stores," Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. "We are
serious about our commitment to Wisconsin and plan to
add two to three new stores per year through 2019."
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