With all of the outside construction finished, the new Warsaw Meijer, located off of Lake City Highway, is scheduled to open its doors to shoppers in in late June. That is a change from the initially anticipated mid-May opening.
Construction for the new building began in August and originally featured a target date for opening the new store in June. However, construction made significant headway and, according to Warsaw City Planner Jeremy Skinner, the store contractor, Rockford Construction, handed over the building earlier this month. Following the hand-over is now a six week period of stocking shelves, employee training and making final interior preparations for shoppers.
According to Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer Hank Meijer, the store chain will finalize an investment of more than $160 million in new and remodeled stores this year alone. The opening of each new Meijer store represents at least 250 full- and part-time jobs.
Meijer has opened 29 new stores since 2007, and remodeled dozens of others. This has resulted in the creation of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of tax revenue pumped into local communities.
“We are pleased to continue to invest in the Midwest communities that have supported us for so long,” Meijer said. “By keeping prices low and maintaining our focus on customer service, we have been able to continue to grow during a tough economic cycle.”
The new Warsaw discount store will feature a variety of goods to service it’s customers. Among them, the store will have its own gas station where it promises to lower area gas prices. The layout of the new store will feature an expansive discount center and four separate commercial outlet buildings.