Janesville to get Meijer grocery, retail store

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Gazette staff
Friday, March 7, 2014

JANESVILLE--It appears Janesville will get a new grocery store.

Meijer CEO Hank Meijer announced plans to add the chain's first stores in Wisconsin during a Friday morning event in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Business Journal reported.

The retailer plans to open stores in Wauwatosa, Oak Creek, Kenosha and Grafton in 2015 and in Janesville, Sussex, Greenfield and Waukesha in 2016, the paper reported.

“We expect to concentrate a lot of our expansion the next few years in Wisconsin,” Meijer was quoted as saying in the Business Journal. “As a company we'll probably be opening 10-12 stores a year, and a significant number of those will be in Wisconsin each year for the next several years. We'll be looking at a lot of other communities beyond Milwaukee.”

Meijer is a family-owned company based in Grand Rapids, Mich., with more than 200 "supercenters" and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Hendrik Meijer opened his first store out of his barber shop in Greenville, Mich., more than 75 years ago. Today, brothers and co-chairmen Hank and Doug Meijer lead the privately-held company.

Meijer touts itself as the pioneer of “one-stop shopping." Its stores have evolved through the years to include fresh produce and meat departments, pharmacies, electronics departments, garden centers and clothing, according to its website.

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