Meijer expands footprint in Northern Indiana

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer is opening two 190,000-sq.-ft. supercenters in Portage and Warsaw, in northern Indiana, creating more than 500 new jobs.

The family-owned retailer, which already has 32 stores throughout Indiana, built the new locations to LEED standards. The two supercenters are the latest in a $200 million investment this year that includes the construction of six new Meijer supercenters, extensive remodel projects for five additional stores in Michigan and Illinois and major upgrades to two distribution complexes.

"Our team has worked very hard to get these supercenters ready and we're excited to bring the Meijer experience to our new neighbors in Portage and Warsaw and the surrounding communities," said co-chairman Hank Meijer. "We feel at home here, and we believe it's important to continue to focus on the communities where we're located. Whether it's through donations to local organizations or in supporting farmers across the Midwest, we're focused on growing together with our customers."

In addition to the retailer's traditional grocery and merchandise offerings, garden center and 24-hour gas station, the new Portage and Warsaw Meijer pharmacies will offer the company's free prescription program as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. 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 more than 14 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers nearly $200 million.

Meijer says the new supercenters will also offer more than 600 high quality varieties of fresh produce, a meat department that offers neighborhood butcher shop service with custom cuts of high quality meats and a bakery that carries fresh bread baked four times a day.

"As a pioneer of one-stop shopping, we've always strived to offer easy, affordable solutions to our neighbors and look forward to bringing value to all of Northern Indiana," Meijer added. "Whether it's a quick meal for the family, getting your yard ready for summer or seeking answers about a nagging health concern, these supercenters represent our ongoing commitment to help provide a healthier balanced lifestyle for anyone who steps through our door."  

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 200 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.