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  1. Was at Meijer on August 23rd, the new shelves between the former seafood department and the backroom area are now stocked with 3/4 of them being meat products and a 1/4 of it being seafood products. The temporary shelves that were on the back side of the beer and wine area have been removed and the extension cords were being removed at the time.
  2. During my last visit to Meijer which was on Wednesday, they installed what I would assume would be new coolers to hold seafood products in them where cheeses used to be. Right above the coolers are new windows that would slide open and closed. I don't understand the purpose of that. Also I'm not sure if the coolers will contain all seafood products or something else, but it seemed like a lot for seafood product.
  3. Heads up: The meat and seafood area is under heavy construction at the Alpine Meijer store. The biggest change that you will notice is that the meat and seafood counters will no longer return. The reason for this is for COVID-19 reasons according to someone I talked to. These items will be self serve only. The coolers that held cheeses have been ripped out. I'm not sure what the plan is for that space where cheeses were. In fact, I couldn't find where they put cheeses. There are quite a few temporary meat counters on the back side of the wall next to beer and wine.
  4. I was informed that the Jenison Meijer is under remodel? For those who regularly shop there, would you care to share what all is happening as well as share possible pictures? Also is the mezzanine floor being removed?
  5. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed at the Alpine store that they have this new robot that checks inventory and pricing. I was wondering if anyone has seen this? If so, what are your thoughts on it?
  6. I was thinking that it should be a space for staff and guests to sit and relax in if it isn't being used for anything else right now.
  7. For those who shop at the Jenison Meijer store on a regular basis. I'm curious to know what's located in the big open space on the mezzanine floor? I've seen pictures of it on Google maps.
  8. Alpine Ave. Meijer Remodeling Updates for June 4, 2020: Up in the front, Lanes 20-27 were in the process of being overhauled with new conveyors being installed. The flooring in the front action way and in the lanes had also been replaced as well. The space that looked like would be the future home to the wheelchair cart storage area is now that. Last month, an associate told me that no the big room would not be used for that purpose despite the fact that it had the rails in there like the other storage areas have. The small room next to it I believe is for the curbside pickup stuff. The space where the wheelchair carts used to be was sectioned off awaiting construction. Lanes specific for mobile orders are going to be installed either on one or both ends of the store. Over to the Beer and Wine area. The cold beer coolers were completely cleared out and shut down. They are more than likely going to be replaced with new coolers. Also on the north end of Aisles 1-3, a trench had been cut into the floor which could be where a cooler gets installed at. See pictures of the area I was able to take. The rest of the aisles had the old flooring stripped and new flooring laid which is the white flooring found throughout the store. New lighting has also been installed as well as some shelving for wine was beginning to appear as well. Beer and wine is scattered throughout the store, though the beer is currently warm only. The east side of Aisle 4 where sports drinks and bottled water would normally be located at is getting new shelving. Only less than 1/2 of that side that new shelving and was stocked. New flooring is also down as well. As I was getting ready to leave the store, the bottle return room had the barrier of stock removed and was replaced with a plastic tarp closing the area off. My assumption is that they were getting to do a full on sanitizing job as the room is scheduled to reopen on June 15th with restrictions. That's all I seemed to notice when I was there. In the mean time, here's some pictures of the Beer/Wine area.
  9. Construction is resuming at the Alpine Meijer. The Beer and Wine section originally scheduled for an overhaul is finally getting underway. Aisles 2 and 3 had been cleaned out, but the floors have yet to be stripped out. Aisle 4 which is home to soda's and sports drinks also had the sports drink side cleared out as well. Those drinks can be found in the rear actionway for the time being. You can find all the wines located throughout the rear action way as well as in the space where tables/chairs would normally sit just on the north side of the grocery entrance cart storage room. Aisle one with cold beers is still there and probably will remain there. Also some of the checkout lanes near the elevator had their stocked cleaned out. It appears that the checkout lane reconfiguration is about to get underway.
  10. Alpine Ave Meijer Remodeling Updates for April 22, 2020: It really has been that long since I've been to the store which is why you haven't seen posts from me. But anyways I finally went and the first thing I noticed as I arrived to the store was the fact that the exterior of the building had been painted a grayish white color. I personally do not like the colors they chose. Heading inside via the grocery entrance. Looking above the entry door, the welcome to your Alpine Meijer sign was removed and above was a new brick like wall design. I'm sure a welcome sign of some sort will be making an appearance soon. As Tamias had mentioned, the wall is now completed and had signage of the different tenants and the customer service department up. Between the elevator and the retail entrance, there used to be a tenant in that space back in the day. For the last few years it was walled over with a door going into the space. I noticed that a hole had been cut out and looking at the space closely, it will be the handicap cart storage room once completed. Heading towards the back of the store on the retail section, the area that used to be the school and office section is now home to the books and magazines section. I found this to be unexpected as I was under the impression that these days the books and magazines department would be located next to electronics. Either way, the department is in that spot and was fully stocked. The pets department is fully complete with it's signage of cats, dogs, pets, etc... and is also fully stocked. The aquariums were in place and had water in them, but no fish as of right now. The new school and office department in the former sporting goods department was fully stocked. Electronics is done for the most part. They still haven't hung display TV's yet. The new counter for the electronics department appears smaller than the old one was. Also on the north side, they could still add more product above in my opinion. North of that department appeared to be sporting goods followed by automotive, paint, and plumbing and electrical departments if memory serves me correct. Signage for most of these departments has been installed. If you noticed, they opted to use the same signage that has been used in the store since 2017 which means that the signage won't be upgraded. They may still replace flooring in the aisles that didn't get moved around, but other than that, the remodel of the retail section is basically completed. At this point, I'm not sure of when and if both the beer and wine section will be overhauled as well as when the checkout lanes will be reconfigured. The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely put a damper on things. As for the other departments such as the deli, meat and seafood departments. Some days one department might be open, other days it might be closed. As far as I was concerned, I thought all were supposed to be closed during this pandemic. The indoor seating area next to the grocery entrance as well as the bottle return rooms remain closed. Other than that, that's all I've noticed.
  11. Alpine Ave. Meijer Remodeling Updates for April 3, 2020: This won't be very detailed as I was in a rush while there. Beginning up front. The overhang wall above the barber shop, service desk, etc...has been panted and is awaiting it's signs. In my last update, I mentioned that the former school and office department was housing sporting goods items and that I thought it would be the permanent place for that location. WRONG! It was just a temporary place to store some sporting goods gear. The aisles had been cleared of stock and were getting ready for construction. My prediction is that automotive will go in that spot. The new pets department looked to be mostly completed. Aquariums are in place and the walls have been somewhat painted, but because I was in a rush, I didn't have time to look at the full details. The new electronics department looks to have received another aisle or two. TV's have not been hung on the back wall as of yet, but there appears to be a place ready for them. I still believe that Books and Magazines will be on the right side of electronics. The former automotive department will be home to the new sporting goods department. It was in the process of being stocked. Also, the floors had been replaced in those aisles. As far as I could tell, most of the flooring in the back aisles had been replaced. Moving to the right of the new sporting goods department, some aisles were still clear, but I believe that paint will be in one area, plumbing in the next and the edge of the general merchandise section boarding the grocery action way is now home to the new electrical department. All of the flooring in the main action way between the grocery section and the general merchandise section has been replaced. With all the COVID-19 stuff going on, the department, meat and seafood counters as well as deli are all temporarily closed until further notice. The bottle return room is also closed until further notice and the store is doing everything it can to protect it's customers and employees from this outbreak. Finally, I was informed by another employee that the checkout lane reconfiguration will not be happening during this outbreak. At this time, they need every lane they can have available for the time being. That's all I seemed to notice
  12. Alpine Ave. Meijer Remodeling Updates for March 21, 2020: Since it has been a little over a week that I last been to the store, I was expecting to see quite a bit of progress. There was some, but not as much as I had hoped for. With the COV-19 outbreak happening, things seemed to have slowed down a bit. Beginning up front. The railing at the edge of the mezzanine level has been completely dry walled over and mudded in. I don't think the wall will be closed entirely. It will soon be receiving paint or wallpaper of some sort and will list the department names. Heading to the old School and Office department. One will notice that it's sign is still hanging there, but School & Office has since moved to it's new location which is now the former sporting goods department. The former school and office department is now home to the new sporting goods department. However, the flooring in that section was not replaced and you can tell. I think the construction crew for flooring might be on suspension due to the COV-19 Outbreak. The new pets department which was formally the electronics department has made a bit more progress. All product has been moved over there, but there are still some bare shelves over by where cat litter would be located. I don't think it's a matter of it's not been stocked. People might be buying out all the cat litter because of this outbreak. The aquariums have finally been moved over to the new pets department and are in place, but they have yet to be installed. The former sporting goods department to the north of pets is now home to school and office. It was most of the way stocked with product. I'd say about 90-95%. To the right of that, the new electronics department is starting to make an appearance in that spot. Unless they plan to tear out another aisle or two to the north of that which is still the automotive department, it's going to be a rather small electronics department in my opinion. The automotive departments have yet to be cleared out to make way for either another Aisle or two for the electronics department, or the books and magazines aisle. The old pets department has empty shelving still. I couldn't tell whether or not the floor tile had been replaced yet or not. But one thing I did notice is that the 4 or 5 LED lights that hung in the electrical aisle have moved from it's old spot and are not hanging at the edge that separates the former pets department and the grocery action way. This tells me that the electrical department will be the first aisle or two of the general merchandise section. I'm now thinking that the existing departments from automotive to the north will shift down some to the north. Some moving around is expected like electrical as an instance. Finally, the wall beginning from the former school and office department going all the way to the former pets department has had the lettering and graphics removed and so far, it's been patched in with mud. It has yet to receive paint and it's new signage. When that will happens remains unknown at this point. Overall with this COV-19 outbreak happening, I anticipate it's going to be rather slow for the time being. Also, I'm not going out unless I absolutely have to. If there's anyone that visits meijer on a regular basis and wants to post updates, feel free to do so. Not construction related, but they are taking this COVID-19 pandemic seriously. They are sanitizing carts like crazy, they want people to practice social distancing which I know is easier said than done, they are cleaning as much as possible, and they are now closing at night. Hours are 8AM-10PM every day. Senior citizens and at risk people are given special access from 7AM-8AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and paramedics and anyone working in that field are given access on Mondays and Wednesdays same time. I made an edit on google maps to reflect the temporary hours but they won't change it.
  13. I feel like Meijer is making this mandatory in all of it's stores. It's just a matter of when all of the stores receive this update.
  14. Alpine Ave. Meijer Remodeling Updates for 3/13/2020: Beginning outside today. On the south side of the grocery entrance, they were doing some work to the canopy and the surrounding area. It looked like they were doing some patch work of damage that occurred or something else. Not only that, there was a lot of loose paper laying around. Heading inside, as I was walking down the front promenade of the store, I looked up at the balcony where the mezzanine floor is and what was the railing at the balcony edge was being studded and walled in. I don't know why they are doing this as I see no point. They aren't thinking about ripping out the mezzanine floor are they? The now former pets department by the bottle return room has been completely emptied of stock. All of the stock has moved down to the new pets department where Electronics was once located. I am also happy to report that the new pets department is now open and was about 70-75% stocked. The Aquariums have not made the move down to their new home yet though. The school and office department has begun it's move over to it's new home which once housed the sporting goods department. As soon as possibly tomorrow, that existing school and office department will have been completely cleared out. I still don't know what's going there as of yet though. Other than that, that's about all I know other than the fact that many of the shelves throughout the store are empty because of concerns over the coronavirus.
  15. Alpine Ave. Meijer Remodeling Updates for 3/11/2020: A few things did change since my visit yesterday. First off, as I was walking towards the new department, the main seasonal aisles near the garden center entrance were sectioned off. Overnight, they received new floor tile. As I was leaving the store, the aisles had since been reopened. Moving to the new pets department. The bird aisle is about 80% stocked with merchandise. The existing bird aisles were completely cleared out. Also, more stock from the existing pets department was making it's move towards the new pets department. As you recall, yesterday I mentioned that the signage still had not been removed. Well they had removed most of it between the time I was there yesterday and the time I was there today. The last 3-4 letters of the sporting goods sign had yet to be removed from the back wall. I now have conformation of where some departments are going to be. The former sporting goods department is now going to be home to the new school and office department, the automotive department is going to be home to the new electronics department and the hardware department is going to be home to the new books and magazines department. As for where the other departments are going to go, it remains unknown. Other than that, that's all I know. Please note that I may not be making as many trips to Meijer because of the coronavirus threat. I'm only going out if I absolutely have to at this point. So for those who shop at this Meijer often, feel free to chime in on updates you may notice.
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