Meijer Open Pic3: At left, front, Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta County Chamber Commerce, accepts a check for $25,000 from Escanaba Meijer Store Manager Jeff Kietzman, far right, Thursday during the store’s soft opening. Also included in the photo from left in back, are President and CEO of Meijer, Inc. Rick Keyes, Assistant Director for the Delta County Chamber of Commerce Shelia Krueger and U.P. State Fair Authority Member Ann Harrington. (Photo by Haley Gustafson, Escanaba Daily Press)



Escanaba Daily Press

ESCANABA — Hundreds of community members attended the soft opening of the new Meijer supercenter Thursday. To commemorate the occasion, Meijer senior leadership, Escanaba Mayor Marc Tall and other local dignitaries took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick-off the supercenter’s arrival.

“I am here to say one important word: ‘Welcome,'” said Mayor Tall during the opening ceremony.

The Escanaba Meijer store was the first of the supercenters to open in the Upper Peninsula, with a second location opening in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. later that day. Escanaba’s location is 192,000-square-feet and is open 24-hours a day, 364 days a year.

Meijer, Inc. is a Grand Rapids based retailer that operates over 113 stores in Michigan, along with other locations in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. In total, there are more than 230 Meijer locations that provide “fresh produce delivered daily, affordable, high-quality merchandise and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority,” according to the company.

In addition, the store also features a Starbucks coffee shop and Huntington Bank. Huntington Bank also has a location on Ludington Street in Escanaba.

Meijer also offers local shoppers electronics, hardware, toys, homegoods and a grocery section.

President and CEO of Meijer, Inc., Rick Keyes, was present for Thursday’s festivities, and said he and the rest of the Meijer family are excited to finally be in the U.P.

“We have been looking forward to this for years,” said Keyes. “We are finally in the U.P.”

Site plans were approved for the Escanaba Meijer back in 2015 with construction beginning in the spring of 2016.

In total, the Meijer store, along with its gas station/convenience store, sits on 48 acres of land. The construction project of the grocery store, gas station, and three new blocks of roadway cost the retailer around $15 million to build. The new roadway now connects 3rd and 6th avenues.

“We are excited about coming and servicing this community,” said Keyes.