Meijer to build six new stores, remodel five in 2013

Mass-merchandise retailer to invest more than $160 million in new projects

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Meijer plans to invest more than $160 million to build six new stores and remodel five in 2013, the mass merchandise retailer announced Wednesday.

The company said the new stores will be in Swartz Creek, Mich.; Detroit; Portage, Ind.; Warsaw, Ind.; Danville, Ill.; and Evergreen Park, Ill. The remodel projects include stores in Lansing, Taylor, Flint and Grand Rapids, Mich., and Springfield, Ill. The company currently operates 199 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

"We will continue our process of slow, steady growth," co-CEO and co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "This has allowed us to focus on our customers and team members while supporting the communities where they work and live."

The remodel projects include indoor and outdoor enhancements such as lighting, heating, refrigeration. The company said the introduction of newer technology during the process will result in reduced energy usage and more energy-efficient stores.

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