Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer will reportedly open a grocery-only concept in Orion Township, Mich., next spring, according to a local news source.
Township Supervisor Chris Barnett told the Oakland County Times that Meijer is in the process of purchasing a building that housed a 80,000-square-foot Kmart until 2018, with plans to build a 90,000-square-foot Meijer sans home and soft goods.
“They’re going to fill a need that’s been really expressed by our residents over the last several years,” he said, adding that residents have asked for another grocery store in community surveys since 2013. The township currently has a Kroger.
Meijer had not responded to a WGB request for comment by publishing.
While a typical Meijer superstore runs about 200,000 square feet, smaller stores aren’t exactly out of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s wheelhouse. It has three small-format stores currently open in urban areas of Michigan—Bridge Street Market in Grand Rapids, Woodward Corner Market in Royal Oak and Capital City Market in Lansing—with one more, Rivertown Market, expected to open later this year in Detroit’s East Jefferson Corridor.
A departure from Meijer’s supersize supercenters, these markets range from about 37,000 to 42,000 square feet and emphasize a focus on fresh, convenient and local food, complete with a pedestrian-friendly design.
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