Providing a quick in-and-out shopping experience for every customer is the driving force behind Meijer’s newest brick-and-mortar store concept—Meijer Grocery, unveiled Thursday.
The first two Meijer Grocery stores will open in neighborhoods in southeast Michigan's Orion Township and Macomb Township in early 2023, Meijer said in a statement.
Meijer Grocery is all about convenience, the Midwest grocer said in a statement.
One feature of the small-footprint store concept will be parking wrapped around a singular corner entrance to maximize the number of parking spaces near the door, Meijer said.
Meijer first introduced the neighborhood market small format concept in August 2018 with the opening of Bridge Street Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"Our customers know they can count on us for the freshest foods and best value, which has always been at the core of what we do at Meijer," Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said in a statement. "Meijer Grocery will now provide that same combination of freshness and value in a foods-focused format in your local community."
Ranging from 75,000 square feet to 90,000 square feet, Meijer Grocery will include the following departments in a condensed, and quick-to-navigate footprint:
- Fresh Produce
- Fresh Meat Counter
- Bakery equipped with in-store cake decorators
- Full-service deli
- Dry Grocery
- Health & beauty care
- Baby, pets, and consumables
- Card & party and floral
Meijer's recent full-sized grocery stores have been 155,00 square feet, so the Meijer Grocery concept has a significantly smaller store design.
"We're excited to provide our customers with yet another way to shop," said Don Sanderson, group VP of foods at Meijer, in a statement. "This new concept store will not only provide our customers with everything they need on their weekly shopping trip, but also a quick-and-easy solution for when they realize they left the key ingredient off their list while cooking dinner."
Meijer Grocery will also offer the same convenient ways to shop and save as a Meijer supercenter, including mPerks, Shop and Scan, Meijer Home Delivery, and Pickup.
Meijer, a privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, operates 262 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.