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Meijer slates store debuts

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Inc. is opening three new supercenters next month in the northeast Ohio cities of Mentor, Stow and Avon.

Meijer officials and local dignitaries are scheduled to participate in ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the stores on May 14. Promotions and special events are set to begin May 19 at each of the 155,000-square-foot supercenters, designed to deliver Meijer’s one-stop-shopping concept, with fresh food and groceries, home goods, apparel, consumer electronics and a pharmacy. The Avon store will also sell gasoline.

Meijer is partnering with Starbucks and other retailers, as well as banks and health care companies, to provide additional goods and services.

“Ohio is very important to us, and these new stores reinforce Meijer’s ongoing commitment to serving the needs of families in the Buckeye State with an incredible combination of service, selection and quality at low prices,” said Tom Wilson, a Meijer regional vice ­president.

Meijer has invested heavily in Ohio since opening its first store in the Columbus area in 1981. The retailer now has 39 stores statewide and employs 10,000 people.

It has a distribution center and dairy processing facility in Tipp City, a community founded along the Miami and Erie Canal in 1840 as Tippecanoe City, derived from President William Henry Harrison’s nickname, Tippecanoe, after the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, in Ground, Ind., between American forces led by Harrison and Native American fighters associated with Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his brother ­Tenskwatawa.


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