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If you'd like to help them find sites for future stores, and get those approved and developed, there's a site acquisition position on their website.



First off, no.


Secondly, I would like to try that one day.


In other news: there's a button right at the bottom of the Meijer homepage that when clicked on will bring you to a grand opening section. Here's what's listed:


Sunday, May 3rd: Alpena, Manistee

Thursday, May 21st: The first two Rockford, IL locations

June: Second Detroit store, first Wisconsin stores

August: Additional Wisconsin stores

Later this year: Acme Township, Terre Haute


What happened to the tradition of having grand openings on Tuesdays?


Another thing: there was some sort of reset a while ago that reset everyone's default stores to Knapp's Corner.

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It's far less known to us here, but 25 years ago, there was a situation similar to Acme in Bedford Township in Monroe County. The Toledo Blade had a lot articles on that one. Unlike Acme, though, this Meijer was never built.


Here's one of the articles: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19910123&id=k0dPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FAMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4618,6435490&hl=en


Here are the rest of the numerous articles about the cancelled Bedford Township Meijer: https://www.google.com/search?site=webhp&q=site:google.com/newspapers+meijer+bedford&sa=X&ei=D6Y2VZv2IonasASC1oDYAQ&ved=0CBwQgwM&biw=1920&bih=969

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Heading south one encounters this rather unusual looking Meijer, number 3 of 6, located just a few miles north of Jackson. This store looks to be built around the same time as the Cascade and Clyde Park stores as indicated by the solarium style store entrances. However sometime ago a renovation must have taken place that added the arch windows which I assume houses a Knapp Corner style cafe, the arch shaped sign board, and the box shaped appendage at the far end. A second more recent renovation as indicated by the new joy dots logo upgraded this store to the current store format debuted at the Cascade Meijer.









I hate to bump this old photo, but I have a bit of a backstory and history of this Meijer store. It is from my hometown, built just right next to the city limits of Jackson, and it is either store #50 or #55 (Can't remember), but it was built in the early 80s. The store, however, used to be nearly identical to the abandoned store in Greenville, but eventually had major extensions and renovations of the years, including a huge overhaul and extension to the produce department.


The first section I outlined in red never existed before the 90s. It was originally an outdoor garden center. The entrance areas looked just like the ones at the closed Greenville Meijer Store, and the current garden center never existed. This all happened in a 90s renovation of the store. (All of that information from family members who worked there). Now what I DO know first hand, was in 2005 a huge renovation project began starting with a new paved parking lot. Also, every window was covered in the building for some unknown reason, and the non 24 hour entrance was covered up in favor of the third entrance becoming a primary entrance. Around this time, the store also lost the original logo and the "Fresh" tagline, and got the new updated sign. 

Point is, this Meijer keeps expanding. A recent news article in the Jackson CitPat paper showed Meijer is planning to purchase property along Sheridan Rd (Right behind the store) and demolish them, so that the garden center can be expanded. 


Another funfact: This is one of two stores in Jackson. This store was built in the early 80s, while the other one, located by the Jackson Airport, was built in the early 90s. The Airport meijer had a drive up bank and a large hallway indoors with several shops. (like a mall), but both had been removed in the early 2000s renovation of that store. 

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I heard the one that is being built at Plainfield is an Auto Parts (not sure which one) store.  Maybe the same out at 54th.....

Looks like its a restaurant as it has a drive thu window set up. Maybe a Panera Bread or a Starbucks. 

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Found the meeting minutes and its a Panera Bread.

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Here is a photo of the new Tesla charging stations at the Cascade Meijer(s).


Sort of strange that they put virtually every charging station for those cars in W. Michigan at one singular location.

This is a Tesla Supercharger station, which is meant to be a "fast" (~45 minute) charging station to be used if needed in the middle of a long-distance trip. They're always built like this, as one station with 6+ "pumps" in one place, and generally spaced about 150 miles apart.

The idea is to have a meal while you're charging, so this location makes a lot of sense. The Subway and Starbucks inside Meijer, Tim Hortons, Qdoba, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Bagger Dave's, Georgio's, and Brann's are all within walking distance. They're almost always at Interstate exits, too. Ann Arbor's Supercharger, which opened after this one, is also at a Meijer in a very similar area. :)

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On 11/8/2014 at 11:25 PM, mtburb said:

Well, I have just created a Sketchup model depicting the grocery aisle signs Meijer used to use. Download them here: https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=uc0ae6395-9e55-450f-9e4f-38d59d19346c


And here's a screenshot to show you:



They were based on signs in this image used in this article.

I have updated that model to include the old teal general merchandise section signs as well. They were based off of this photo, which took an eternity to find.

Also, I have found a document which contains opening dates for every supercenter Meijer has ever built, including some that will open next year. Here is the link.

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39 minutes ago, mpchicago said:

I remember this from when I was I kid, as Meijer used this song in their commercials.  Instead of repeating "Have a Merry Christmas" the ad sang, "Have a Merry Christmas, a Merry Meijer Christmas."


I remember that somewhat too! I also still remember back when the Taylor Meijer was the only one in my area, but then the Newport DC went up and it resulted in a great number of new stores opening across the Detroit area.

Speaking of which...I just a couple days ago completed this on the Myhistro website, building off of that store openings list I linked to above your post. Soon I may post a history of Meijer's various architectural exterior prototypes on this thread.

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Here is a history of the various exterior architectural designs Meijer has used over the years as it grew from the first Thritfy Acres outpost in 1962 to having over 200 such stores across six states today.


  • Discount Store-Style (1962-1985)
  • Solarium-Style Atrium Entries, Dark Brown Brick (1979-1989)
  • Solarium-Style Glazing Window Wall, Light Brown Brick (1989-1993)
  • Whimsical Indiana Pineapple (1994-1996)
  • Southport (1996-1997)
  • Presidential (1996-2000)
  • Village Square (1999-2005)
  • Signature Series (2002-2007)
  • Eyebrow-Style Entries (2005-present)

Upon observations of every active store either through personal knowledge or through Google Earth, I've discovered that each of these standard designs had their own variations which will be mentioned and that there were even periods when one prototype's run overlapped with that of a newer prototype. However, quite a few stores which were originally built under the previous prototypes have since been remodeled into an Eyebrow-Style Entries variation or even had their red bands and/or roofs repainted blue. Examples include Taylor (a former Discount Store-Style location from 1977), Midland (a 1992-era former Solarium-Style Glazing Window Wall, Light Brown Brick store); and Carmel, Indiana (a former Whimsical Indiana Pineapple store dating from 1994) (all three examples remodeled into Eyebrow-Style Entries Type C). Another example is the Findlay, Ohio store, which only received the Eyebrow-Style Entries appendages which extended to the stairs to that store's balcony.

Discount Store-Style (1962-1985)

This was the very first prototype used by the Thritfy Acres stores, the first partial instance being that of the Thritfy Acres expansion of the original store at 28th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids. Sadly, that well-known location was ultimately torn down and replaced by an Eyebrow Type A store in 2010. There were two different types of this design. Renovations of many stores in this design during the late 1990's added the Dutch-styled gabled entries from the Presidential prototype. There were four different types.

Type A featured rectangular box-shaped entries and a balcony which featured tenants not much different from today's in-store alcove tenants which each had windows along the store's front facade. This was debuted in 1962 by the store in Norton Shores and was used through the store in Burton in 1973.

Type B mostly removed the balcony (the few that still contained one no longer contained exterior windows). This began with the Airport Road store in Jackson on the same 1973 day the Burton store opened and was used through 1986 with the current Sterling Heights store, which was remodeled approximately 1997 into the Southport prototype. Certain stores, such as the 16th Street store in Holland, had windows running along the front corridor facing the checkouts.

Type C had angled box-shaped entries and were clad in dark brown brick. This was used only on the two Saginaw stores, both of which opened in 1980.

Type D combined much of the aesthetics of Type C with the straight box entries of Type A. This was first seen on the Adrian store in 1981 and was discontinued with the Waterford store in 1985, although that store contains certain aspects of the Solarium-Style Atrium Entries, Dark Brown Brick exterior.

A revival of sorts of Type B was used by the four small-format Meijer (Marketplace) stores that opened in suburban Chicago between 2010 and 2012.

Solarium-Style Atrium Entries, Dark Brown Brick (1979-1989)


East Michigan Avenue-Jackson, MI (Store 56). Built in 1986, this store is a typical example of a Solarium-Style Atrium Entries, Dark Brown Brick store that was remodeled with the center arch structure. (January 2012 photo)

After nearly twenty years of erecting supercenters, it was clear that it was the perfect opportunity for Meijer to devise up a new exterior design. Prototyped by the 54th Street/Clyde Park Avenue location in Wyoming in 1979, the entrances to that store were the Type D style but was covered in solarium-style near-black windows. It wasn't until a new MEIJER logo was introduced in 1983 that this prototype went into use when the original Greenville supercenter (old store 1) was remodeled into an extension of the design that added an extension of the solairum-style wall between the grocery and center entrances, which was in solid white and contained the store sign. The first new store to be built in this prototype was the Wilder Road store in Bay City in 1984 and lasted until the Ann Arbor-Saline Road store in Ann Arbor in 1989.

Renovations to certain stores of this design during the 1990's replaced the original solid white solairum-style wall in the center of the front facade with an arch-shaped structure containing the MEIJER Fresh sign which in turn in subsequent remodels were replaced by the new logo.

Expansions in this Era

Beginning in 1980, Meijer would launch several short-lived concepts, such as three clothing store chains, a standalone pharmacy called Spaar; and a concept called Meijer Square, which was essentially a Meijer without the grocery section. In 1981, Meijer expands outside Michigan, acquiring several former Twin Fair stores in Ohio and converting them into Meijer Square stores. Meijer now operates stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin as well as of 2015. In 1984, Meijer would see it's first supercenter in Ohio, a Solarium-Style Atrium Entries, Dark Brown Brick store in Newark, about 45 minutes east of the capital city of Columbus. Unfortunately, that store was shuttered permanently in 2013 and has been torn down.

In 1988, after years of experimenting with pushing the closing time further late, stores finally remained open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas Day.

Solarium-Style Glazing Window Wall, Light Brown Brick (1989-1993)


Woodhaven, MI (Store 70). Built in 1990, this example of a Solarium-Style Glazing Window Wall, Light Brown Brick store has had the original red exterior bands repainted blue during a renovation of this store into the current interior format in 2011. (May 2015 photo)

In 1989, the Roseville store debuted a third standard design. In this prototype, the front facade is dominated by solarium-style glazing wall of curved windows which immensely flood the sales area with natural light. Continuing with the windows-and-glazing theme, the cafe contained a large arch window and the garden center was covered by a transparent arch-shaped canopy.

For unknown reasons, in 1991, the store number sequence jumped directly from 72 (Van Buren Township, MI) to 101 (demolished Harshman Road-Dayton, OH). The last store built in this design was the Alexis Road store in Toledo in 1993.

Whimsical Indiana Pineapple (1994-1996)


Southgate, MI (Store 123). Built in 1994, this store contains the typical "whimsical" shapes and roofing designs of the Whimsical Indiana Pineapple prototype. A Subway restaurant was recently built within the pineapple structure. (August 2014 photo)

A new, "whimsical" design prototype was introduced in 1994 with the first Indiana store on Grape Road in Mishawaka. Different shapes and roofing designs form the front facade of the building, including a Dutch-styled angled structure containing a red gable roof and four small windows each on all four sides next to the grocery entrance and a yellow pineapple structure containing one of two cafes, constructed from yellow ceramic brick and glass blocks. This prototype was devised as a way to introduce Meijer to Indiana as a "store of discovery".

This prototype also debuted the use of a large green translucent glass curtain wall above the alcove stores that allows natural light to filter in across the sales floor without the need for actual windows. This prototype also debuted gray concrete panels and silver framing on windows and doors.

In 1995, two stores were built with a dark teal pineapple instead-the first Illinois store in Champaign and the store on East Washington Street in Indianapolis. The store in Fraser, opened as a Source Club (a membership warehouse concept) in 1992 and converted into a full-fledged Meijer in 1994, combines the Whimsical Indiana Pineapple design with Source Club's exterior design of a large circular canopy at a corner of the building, which is today over that store's pharmacy drive-up window; and glass blocks over the canopy. Some later stores in this prototype made the glass blocks of the pineapple larger. The last store to open in this design was the store in Orange Township, Ohio (north of Columbus) in early 1996.

Southport (1996-1997)

This prototype was somewhat an interim transition prototype. It is the Whimsical Indiana Pineapple design without the varying shapes and roofing designs and with Dutch-styled gable entrances-red for grocery entrance and beige for general merchandise entrance. I took the name of this prototype from the first store to use it, the Southport Road store in Indianapolis, when that location opened in early 1996. It was used until the opening of the Michigan City, Indiana store in 1997. It is during this design era that Meijer sees it's first Kentucky store in Florence. An interesting application is the Fairfield, Ohio store, built in 1996, which combines the Southport and Presidential Type A prototypes.

Presidential (1996-2000)

This design is similar to the Southport prototype, but the gables are slightly different and the MEIJER (MEIJER Fresh on later stores of this prototype) sign was moved back to the center of the front facade. There were two very similar types with the same common traits of gable-roof entrances, center logo and translucent glass wall.

Type A uses light brown brick and dark green roofs. After being prototyped on the aforementioned Fairfield store, it was debuted in 1997 simultaneously on the same day on two stores: the Knapp's Corner store in Grand Rapids and the store on East 96th Street in Indianapolis. The last store built in this design was the Washington Township store in 2000.

Type B uses gray concrete panels and red roofs. Ran from the Fort Gratiot store in 1997 until the Coldwater store in 2000. Type B designs are typically smaller than their Type A counterparts.

Village Square (1999-2005)

A major renovation to the Cascade store in Grand Rapids (link to this example from a reply to this thread from September 2007) in 1999 debuted a new exterior design and the first to debut with the MEIJER Fresh sign from the start. There were three types, each with at least four fake building facades on the actual front facade, including one resembling a barn.

Type A contains the most amount of fake facades, a large barn structure containing the MEIJER Fresh sign and dark brown brick. After debuting at Cascade, the first new store built in this design was the Springfield, Illinois store in 2000. The last new store in this design was the White Lake Township store, built in 2005, which is somewhat of a curiosity, as the second-to-last Type A store was built in Algonquin, Illinois, in 2001. The White Lake store was also the last Meijer built without a pharmacy drive-up window. Whether how this was due to the White Lake store being delayed several years yet was still built in this design anyway is unknown. This also makes it the only Village Square prototype store that has always contained the new sign from the beginning.

Type B contains just four fake facades-a different, yet still barn-like, facade over the grocery entrance and three additional facades for the general merchandise entrance. The exterior is in light grayish-brown or reddish-brown brick. Debuted on the Richmond, Indiana store in 2000, ran until the Lowell store in 2001.

Type C contains a total of six fake facades, including a red one at the grocery entrance that resembles the front of a barn, but is flat unlike the other two types. This was originally intended to replace the other two types, but refer to the parts relating to the White Lake store under Type A. First used on the Shaver Road store in Portage in 2001 and last used on stores on Harrison Avenue and Marburg Avenue in Cincinnati that opened on the same day in 2003.

Signature Series (2002-2007)

In the first few years of the new millennium, Meijer found itself stuck in a bad situation resulting from increasingly intense competition, cutbacks and a recession that resulted from the 9/11 attacks. In response and to cut costs, Meijer debuted this prototype. It contained rectangular-shaped box entrances with a green roof and with entrance and exit corridors separated by a cart storage area. This prototype also debuted the drive-up pharmacy window and the current prefabricated construction method, which drastically cuts the cost of building a new store. There were two different types.

Type A places the pharmacy in the grocery section. Debuted by the Rivertown Crossings store in Grand Rapids in 2002 and was used through the Noblesville, Indiana store in 2004.

Type B moves the pharmacy back to the general merchandise section, but still at the front of the store, exactly as called for by the new interior design described below. First used by the Kalamazoo Avenue/M-6 store in Grand Rapids in 2005 and was last used on the Oswego, Illinois store in 2007.

A New Interior Design


In 2003, Meijer debuted a new interior design prototype designed by the Rockwell Group Limited firm of New York. This store map shows the interior of a typical store built or remodeled into this design. (Southgate, MI)

In 2003, the Cascade store was renovated again...this time to prototype a completely new interior, graphics and layout design created by New York City-based firm Rockwell Group Limited. This redesign was designed to bring Meijer's general merchandise offerings on equal footing with it's grocery section and propel Meijer into the new millennium by providing a more hip, upscale image, which even included redesigning the logo, all in various forms of a lowercase Franklin Gothic font. This prototype was so successful that nearly all stores built or remodeled since then employ this interior design. Major changes included wider grocery aisles, the creation of a new electronics section dubbed E4, moving the pharmacy to the front of the general merchandise section and making the cereal shelves the same height as the rest of the grocery aisles rather than have it 15 feet tall. The Cascade store was renovated to a new interior design again in 2007, but despite that, this design remains in use.

Eyebrow-Style Entries (2005-present)

With the aforementioned interior redesign also came yet another exterior design and the first to be designed with the new sign from the start. This design is broken into three different types, but each have the same common trait of box-shaped entrances towering over the rest of the store building and covered in glass windows in an eyebrow-like appearance, therefore giving the name I assigned to this prototype.

Type A places the roofs of the entrances on a diagonal angle, giving a sense of more space. Debuted by the Holland Township store in 2005.

Type B has a gable roof for the entrances, sometimes even including additional roofing designs. Debuted by the Warren store in 2006.

Type C has the entrances given a flat roof. These entrance variations were prototyped in the late 2000's on the Cascade and Findlay, Ohio stores. Debuted in full in a renovation of the Knapp's Corner store in 2013.

Type CD is a sub-variant of Type C that only places one entrance to the store at the center of the front facade. This design is used by both of Meijer's stores within the city of Detroit, therefore, the D in CD stands for Detroit.


Despite all the standardized exterior designs, a handful of stores contain their own exterior designs instead, used only by their respective stores. These stores include Lincoln Park (which reuses the exterior from it's previous tenant, Super Kmart), East Lansing; Findlay, Ohio; the demolished store on 16 Mile Road in Sterling Heights, Owosso-Corunna, Lapeer and Hartland Township.

I hope you enjoyed this trip through the history of Meijer's many architectural designs. This took quite a while to compose.

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If anyone didn't know last year Meijer appears to have released a new interior graphics program and the first one since before 2003 that almost doesn't make any use of the Franklin Gothic font. Currently, only the 11 stores Meijer opened last year have this new graphics program.

One will notice the new program right away with a large sign reading "WELCOME TO YOUR (location) STORE" in a font similar to Leelawadee. The department signs, directory signs, grocery aisle numbers and checkout numbers are now all in a font similar to Roland. The produce, bakery, deli, meat and seafood sections have new canopies with colors depending on the section (produce uses dark green, bakery uses red, deli uses blue, meat and seafood use off-black) also set in the font similar to Roland except for the "SINCE 1934" tagline.

The first eight entries in the link below contain good examples of this new graphics program.


Also, I've noticed recent photos showing that the Burton store is still using the old red grocery aisle signs, teal department signs and gray checkout number signs, so this should be an interesting trip for those who still want to experience a classic Meijer.

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This thread was created in April 2006 and nearly ten years later looks like I'm the only one keeping this thread alive. Must've started dying when Fred himself did. XD

Anyways, you will not believe what Fred still offers as of today.


Also, I discovered archived old store map PDFs through Wayback Machine archives of previous Meijer sites and that inspired me to conjure up a map of what the Southgate Meijer looked like back when it opened.


Lastly I leave you with this rendering of a Sketchup I created of what the Taylor Meijer looked like back in the 90's. I edited the original pic a bit further to make it look like an authentic old photograph.


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On 5/6/2007 at 3:13 PM, tamias6 said:

Here's a good Google Earth image capture of the Lincoln Park location.


As seen here the building still looks like a Super K-mart on the outside. Although I'm sure Meijer had to made a few adjustments to the interior. However this building was a super center in the first place. So its pretty much ready made for Meijer. All good ol' Fred may have had to do is merely swap out K-mart's interior graphics program with his own, hang Meijer Signs outside, and boom, we have a Meijer store.


Does anybody know how long it took for Meijer to convert this building? I'm guessing six months if that from initial purchase to grand opening.



I apologize for bumping such an old reply, but I have some information about this Meijer. It is located at Dix Highway and Emmons Boulevard just a mile south of I-75 and a few blocks west of Fort Street. The building first opened as a Super Kmart in 1994, the site was before then two additional sets of the radio transmitters that remain to this date to the west of the Meijer property. This Kmart closed when they went bankrupt in 2003 and nearly two years later on November 9, 2004 Meijer took over. Here is a photo of this Meijer that I took in December 2014.


I remember there being articles in the News-Herald that covered this Meijer when it first opened. This one was one of the very first Meijer stores to open with the then-new Rockwell Group Limited interior layout from day one and, in fact, was the first Meijer to open with the incorporation the current location of the pharmacy in the general merchandise section next to the entrance. If you compare the Google Earth image from circa 2002 in the quoted 2007 reply to the 2014 photo above, the garden center had to be moved closer to Dix to accommodate an extension to the building itself to make room for the pharmacy and parts of the seasonal area. However, the interior is slightly different from similar-vintage Meijer stores due to the shape of the building. Here's a photo by Nicholas Eckhart showing the layout map.


Another interesting thing is that shortly after this Meijer opened, work began to retrofit the Southgate Meijer into the Rockwell Group Limited interior, which was completed by late 2005. It took until 2007 for the new sign to appear though.

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On 1/15/2016 at 2:55 PM, mtburb said:

This thread was created in April 2006 and nearly ten years later looks like I'm the only one keeping this thread alive. Must've started dying when Fred himself did. XD   ...

Probably because it's in the Grand Rapids heading. I'm reading your comments, but am skeptical of widespread interest in (for instance) a metro Detroit location changing up its signage palette.


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3 hours ago, Veloise said:

Probably because it's in the Grand Rapids heading. I'm reading your comments, but am skeptical of widespread interest in (for instance) a metro Detroit location changing up its signage palette.


If you're talking about the Burton store then that store is nowhere near Detroit at all. It's actually in the Flint suburbs.

EDIT: Ten years later we've reached the 50th page.

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