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    Meijer

    Wow quite a bit of progress happening there. Definitely looks chaotic if you are someone that shops for groceries there on a regular basis. Thanks for the update.
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    Meijer

    Has anyone been over to Clyde Park and 54th lately? Any updates as to what's happening with the store?
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    Amway Grand Plaza Facelift

    Good news everyone for the time being. The Pearl Street Bridge has reopened! Westbound side however is down to one lane. Either construction crews finished up whatever they had to do with the hotel or they reopened it because of the I-196 westbound freeway closure.
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    Meijer

    Class was canceled today. As a result, this gave me an opportunity to head down to the Clyde Park and 54th street Meijer to see what was happening. One thing I will tell you is no matter what area of the store you are in, it's complete chaos. Things such as sectioned off areas, Aisles out of line, etc... The new Pets department looked nice though. Electronics was looking good as well too. Graphics on the walls have yet to go up once the walls are primed and painted. So in the center section of the store, it looked like they had new flooring down, but the drop ceiling has not been removed from much of the center portion yet. To me, that should have been done before stripping the floor and putting down new flooring. At the Pharmacy, it looks like parts of the Pharmacy are at their permanent spot, other parts look like a temporary setup, but I know that it's all a work in progress. Unless they have not painted the ceiling yet, the gray ceilings make the store look dark and I don't particularly care for it. The new bottle return room is up and running, but construction is still happening in there. I'm wondering if you will be able to access the store from the bottle return room? The southwest area of the store is under complete construction. That is where the meat and seafood departments will move to and I think deli may also move some as well. Finally the last little bit of the old Grocery entrance glass atrium is now gone. Anyways that's about all I know. I didn't take any pictures because I didn't feel comfortable doing so and I was in a bit of a hurry too.
  5. pcdoctor

    Meijer

    I guess that makes sense.
  6. pcdoctor

    Meijer

    So I looked at the pictures of the Hudsonville Meijer store. I'm curious as to why the Alpine store didn't use those graphics. And from what they are doing to Clyde Park, I feel that Alpine should have been remodeled that way too. As for the signs at Alpine, the ones that hang from the ceiling I am not a huge fan of.
  7. pcdoctor

    Meijer

    So a bigger exit door, but a smaller entry door eh? I also looked at the pictures of the Hudsonville Meijer store and I have the gut feeling that the Clyde Park store will use the same type of graphics used at Hudsonville.
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    Meijer

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post pictures. Wow what a huge difference already. I am however not sure of how I feel about the dark gray ceilings though.
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    Meijer

    Cool beans. If anyone feels comfortable taking pictures and would like to post them here, feel free to do so.
  10. pcdoctor

    Meijer

    I'm going to miss those entrances too. Especially the retail entrance. Hey there how are you doing? Haven't seen you post in quite sometime. Have you been to Alpine Meijer since they remodeled? As for my comments in regards to this store, I'm glad to see that it's finally getting remodeled. I however thought that maybe it would be more of a level two remodel which is what the Southgate store got back in 2017. But probably being that since a majority of the Clyde Park store has drop ceiling in it, they opted to do a major remodel. I'm hoping that once the remodel is done that the drop ceiling is gone. The drop ceiling being gone would make the store feel bigger. When did they begin remodeling?
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    Meijer

    For 2018, meijer to open 6 new stores and remodel 20 of it's existing stores. 4 of the new stores will be in Michigan including the Bridge Street Market which I don't think will open this year as they still have a lot of work to do, another store will open in Hudsonville, MI, one in Marquette and one in Warren MI. Of the 20 stores being remodeled, 7 of those stores are in Michigan. Those locations include, Big Rapids, Chesterfield, Gaines Township, Grand Haven, Ludington, Saginaw and Sterling Heights. As to what type of remodel these stores will go through remains unknown. But if I were to guess, I would think Ludington would be a major remodel and Gaines Township would be a refresh. Hopefully more information will come out about this soon. https://www.meijer.com/content/content.jsp?pageName=grandopening#map
  12. pcdoctor

    Meijer

    I was told that all Meijer stores eventually plan to scrap all the full size self checkout lanes. If it's theft that they are worried about, there wouldn't even be self checkout lanes at all. At Alpine, there's two sets of 6 on the grocery side and one set of 6 self-serve express checkout lanes. I would say that they need to improve upon their security. As of right now, I think the Meijer store on Clyde Park/54th street still has the full size self checkout lanes near the grocery section, but was told in July of 2016 that they would be going away. According to pictures in Google maps from like September 2017, they still have full size self-checkouts. I much rather check the items out myself rather than having a cashier check out our items.
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    Meijer

    Alpine Ave Meijer Finishing Updates As of November 5, 2017 with an announcement at the end. The biggest change since my last visit is the new cafe seating area which is now mostly complete. The cafe space features a theme from back in the day Meijer got started, has a brick like wallpaper, posters of what prices of stuff used to be back in the day, a coca-cola freestyle machine which that itself is working, but the ice maker is not working yet, nice lighting, tables and chairs and a coffee area. During the mornings, you can have a cup of coffee and a donut for just $1. However, the coffee cups and the coffee are there at the beverage station. If you were to look at it, you would think it's complimentary. But I'm told that it isn't. But there really isn't anyone watching inside the space to see whether you steal coffee or not as well as put soda in a cup to drink. The coffee cups are very small. We'll just have to see how this plays out overtime. The flooring on the back side of the checkout area is making progress. They've replaced the flooring up to lane 27 as of right now. The flooring between lanes 27 and 28 was stripped down to bare concrete and has yet to receive it's tile. In the HBA section, the lighting above the shelves contains advertisements. There's also an area in the electronics section that has this too. New directory maps have gone up in the entrances as well as at the price check/kiosks. However the directory maps at the price checking kiosks are just on a normal 8.5x11 inch piece of paper. With that being said, the re grand opening ceremony takes place next week Sunday from 12PM-4PM. They really need to get busy working so that everything would be done by the ceremony.
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    Meijer

    I don't know if the Alpine store will be getting the Wahlburger's restaurant as the construction taking place in the Alpine Meijer store doesn't appear to show signs of one going in, but it's certainly not out of the question for in the future. Anyways, it's time for the construction update for October 26, 2017: We will begin in the space where the new cafe is going to be. The cafe space received the new wooden floor which you will see throughout the center portion of the store and a coca-cola freestyle machine has made an appearance in the space. It is however not the same Coca-Cola freestyle machine that's in the front actionway. The front side door going into the deli section had a piece of wood over it as well. Also some of the lights that were up in the space have been removed, but now it looks darker in the space. They should move the current lights around to balance the light better. Next: I thought the remodel was pretty much done, but in the back concourse checkout lane area, the area from Lanes 10, 11 and 12 up to Lane 15 was sectioned off and had received new white floor tile. I will have to say that the new floor tile looks a lot brighter than the current white tile that is down. I'm beginning to wonder if all of the white tile throughout the entire store will be replaced? And in regards to the speakers that are in my last post near the Skechers mini store. Anytime ads are playing on the center TV, the sound comes through those speakers. Also, it seems that the store received a new intercom system too. The speakers appear to be the same, but anytime an associate comes over the PA system, you will hear a beep now. The lighting in the produce department was switched out to LED lights. Finally, in the HBA area, in several posts, I posted a picture that was located above the shelves on the other side of the retail cart storage room going to the pharmacy consultation room that there was a white background with some text in it. Turns out that those are lights as they were lit up. Didn't get a picture of it, but hope to next time unless it's something that will have advertisements in it. Pictures of the Cafe area:
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    Meijer

    Alpine Meijer Finishing Updates As of October 22, 2017: From this point on, all updates will be referred to as finishing updates as most of the remodeling is finished. With that being said, here's the latest of what's happening at Alpine Meijer. All of the new signage is up including the signs that were not replaced the other day when I was at the store such as restrooms, bottle return, etc... Also the new directional signs telling people where departments are located are also up throughout the store. Signs that are hanging such as the Jewelry and Accessories sign are in the center portion of the store. Signs that are up against a wall such as the health and wellness sign picture below, seasonal, toys, automotive, etc... are displayed on the walls. (See pictures below) The remodeling in the center portion of the store is essentially finished. All of the new flooring has been laid down. The entire center portion of the sales floor features a wooden like tile floor even though it's not real wood. All the shelving was in place and things are mostly stocked throughout that entire portion of that area. Items that were being housed in the action ways for the most part have since been moved to their respective departments. Over by where the skecher's mini store is at, there are some new speakers that appear to be hanging on the ceiling. See picture of them. I don't know what they are there for. Also see picture of the new monitors displaying different skecher's shoes. The area that used to house the Subway restaurant and what was the temporary clearance section hasn't had a lot done to it except for the fact that there is a backsplash on the lower half of the back wall and what appears to be a beverage counter in the space. Walls still have yet to be primed/painted and flooring laid down. In terms of the lighting in the space, I don't think the lights that are in there should be used. Or if they do use them, they should lay them out better. Maybe not many lights are needed in there. Also if anyone was at the store today, you may have noticed that there was no music playing or anything coming on over the speakers. Must be the audio system is broken down. So other than that, the light above lane 15 or 16 I think it is still needs a new bulb or fixture as it's still dim, at the checkout lanes on the grocery side of the store, you may have noticed that the first three lanes on the left say 1, 2, 3, the next set on the right say 4, 6, 8, in the 2nd set of self-serve checkout lanes it 5, 7, 9 and on the right of that it says 10, 11 and 12. I don't know who's idea it was to put those up like that, but they need to fix it. Also, I really want full size self checkout lanes back. If they don't bring them back, then increase the item limit in the express lanes as I prefer to use to self checkout lanes when checking out my groceries. I do believe the Meijer store on Clyde Park and 54th street still has the full size self checkout lanes. The store history on how Meijer got started is going to be located in both entrances as it appears to be the only place to put those up. There are things up on the wall that look like would hold that display. Here are my overall thoughts on the remodel. What I don't like: I don't like that there is no longer a furniture department in the store. Some furniture items Meijer sold were pretty good things such as Sauder furniture, department such as jewelry are very small and no longer have a display case with jewelry in them, there is only one set of fitting rooms for the women's, men's and kids clothing departments. But the set of fitting rooms is located in the women's department which is on the left side of the center portion. I think the fitting rooms should have been more towards the center of the clothing section. Or they should have built another set of fitting rooms towards the men's and kids clothing departments. Also not a huge fan of the signage they chose to go with. What the Meijer store on Knapp has I seem to like better. Also it seems some of the aisles are a little crammed too. What I do like: The store looks more like a high end grocery/department store with the changes. I personally like the wooden stuff they chose to go with.