What used to be a neighborhood corner grocery store for Grand Rapids, Michigan residents now has become commonplace throughout southeast Wisconsin. Meijer opened its latest 192,000-square-foot supercenter in Sussex Tuesday.
Customers can do far more than buy toilet paper and milk when they shop at the 24-hour store. Consumers can also buy clothes, hardware, and even pick up prescriptions at a full-service pharmacy.
The company boasts access to lower prices and high-quality products, which company officials say arrive daily.
And for those Michigan residents now residing elsewhere in the Midwest, Meijer is a resource for many local Michigan products, including Vernors ginger ale.
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The Sussex store, one of nine new Meijer supercenters to open, is part of a $400 million investment which will create 3,000 new jobs across the retailer’s six-state footprint, according to company officials.
The Sussex store, located off Highway K and 164, is the fifth Wisconsin Meijer store.
In 2015, Meijer opened its first four supercenters in Wisconsin in Grafton, Kenosha, Wauwatosa, and Oak Creek.
In addition to the Sussex location, Meijer will also be opening a supercenter in Waukesha later this summer.
The retailer is also considering expanding into Greenfield, Sheboygan, Green Bay, the Fox Valley, and Manitowoc over the next several years.
Overall the company operates 228 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.
The company boasts an eco-friendly reputation and says the new Sussex store was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
Company officials say they are committed to the communities in which they operate.
Meijer donates more than six percent of its net profit to charitable organizations annually, and each of its stores works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger at the local level.
Since 2008, the retailer has generated more than $21 million for its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.
Meijer presented a $25,000 check to Sussex Parks and Recreation to help fund a new fully-accessible Hallmark Playground at Weyer Park designed for children.
Meijer is also a sponsor of local little league teams to support youth development through sports, company officials said.