GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Meijer, a grocery store chain with locations in the United States, announced July 9 it has opened five supercenters in the Midwest region. The grocery retailer offers an expansive pet department, including 500 varieties of premium dog and cat food and treats, and 200 pet toys.

The expansion added Meijer stores in Manitowoc, Wis., Sycamore, Ill., Bad Axe, Mich., and Brimfield and Lorain, Ohio. Each new supercenter spans 159,000 sq ft.

"These new stores reinforce our ongoing commitment to serving the needs of communities at a time when everyone is looking for a one-stop shopping experience," said Rick Keyes, president and chief executive officer of Meijer. "We look forward to providing our customers with fresh options and innovative ways to shop so they can get the items they need while keeping their families safe."

The grocery chain has also implemented digital shopping options through Shop & Scan and Meijer Home Delivery and Pickup. The company expects these offerings to be popular with the communities of its five new Midwestern superstores.

Along with all other Meijer stores across the country, the five new Midwest locations will implement safety procedures for employees and shoppers, including designating extended hours for seniors, at-risk consumers and essential service workers, adjusted hours, protective plexiglass shields at checkout, safety decals displayed on the floor, daily health screenings for employees, and a mask mandate for all customers, within state or local guidelines.

Meijer also donated $150,000 to 16 charitable foundations across the five Midwestern communities on behalf of its new supercenters.

"Throughout the past few months, our Meijer team members have worked diligently to prepare these new stores amid unprecedented challenges, and for that we are all proud and inspired," Keyes said. "Our store teams are ready to keep our stores stocked and provide the cleanest shopping environment possible as we work together in the new communities that have welcomed us." 

Meijer operates 253 grocery stores and supercenters in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

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