Meijer growth accelerates, hiring push begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer is preparing to bring in more than 9,000 new hires in response to the company’s move to expand with several store openings and ahead of the fall and holiday selling seasons. 

Since its founding in the early sixties, Meijer has grown at a relatively slow pace compared to retailers like Walmart, Target and Kmart, which were opening their first discount stores at around the same time — the Midwest retailer has 203 stores. But things are picking up, and fast. 

"Meijer has already opened five of the six new stores planned for this year, with another nine opening next year," said Janet Emerson, EVP of operations for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. "Our continued growth, along with the upcoming holiday selling season, make it imperative that we increase our staffing properly to operate our stores and deliver on the Meijer promise of providing exceptional customer service."

Meijer stores are open 24 hours, and only close on Christmas Day. While staffing needs vary from store to store, all Meijer stores have positions available. The retailer is planning to hire 4,400 people in Michigan, 1,600 people in Ohio, 1,800 people in Indiana, 900 people in Illinois and 500 people in Kentucky.

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