Meijer unveils its first stores in Wisconsin

Special to The Freeman

June 24, 2015

MILWAUKEE – Meijer is now in its sixth state after opening its first two Wisconsin super-centers to local customers on Tuesday, June 23.

The 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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