Meijer continues to invest in the beleaguered city of Detroit, the company has announced, exemplified by a groundbreaking ceremony this week that will result in a supercenter located at the site of the former Redford High School site on the city’s west side. The company stated that the supercenter represents its commitment to the city and Detroit residents, as part of its philosophy of serving the needs of families.
Meijer serves those needs by providing quality merchandise, fresh produce and a full-service, drive-through pharmacy that puts family health care first, the retailer noted.
“The opening of our store in the city of Detroit last summer marked a significant milestone in our company history, and the beginning of a promise to be a part of this community long into the future,” company co-chairman Hank Meijer said, in announcing the groundbreaking. “We could not be more pleased with its success, and look forward to opening another supercenter here in Detroit.”
Detroit mayor Mike Duggan was among several government and Meijer representatives in attendance, and he remarked, “The first Meijer store in Detroit has shown how tremendous the market is in the city for quality shopping. Adding this second store is a real testament to Meijer’s commitment to Detroit and Detroiters’ love for what Meijer adds to our community. Having these two retail anchors in our neighborhoods fills a great need for our residents and is a major selling point for others who are considering moving into the city.”
In operation, the store at Grand River Ave. and McNichols Road should create about 500 jobs and will embody the family-owned retailer’s commitment to community that has guided it over the years, Meijer related. The company donates more than 6% of its net profit each year to charitable organizations, including food banks and pantries, it maintained. It also partners with local farmers and businesses, when available, to provide locally grown produce and other local products, the company pointed out.