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Meijer to open new grocery stores that focus on convenience and fresh foods

Consumers can also get the updated COVID-19 booster at Meijer pharmacies

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Meijer, the superstore chain that’s primarily found in the Midwest, announced that it will be opening a new type of store in 2023. Dubbed “Meijer Grocery,” the new facilities will focus on making fresh foods more accessible to consumers at reasonable prices, while also transforming the shopping experience to make it more efficient. 

The stores are being designed with parking spots centrally located in one corner entrance of the store. This will create more spots closer to the entrance, and help shoppers get in and out of the store faster. 

Rather than carrying everything from electronics, gardening supplies, and clothes, Meijer Grocery will scale back a bit to focus specifically on making grocery shopping easier and faster for shoppers. The new stores will feature fresh produce, a pharmacy, a bakery, party decorations, dry grocery goods, a floral department, a fresh meat counter, health and beauty items, a full-service deli, pet goods, and baby items. 

“We’re excited to provide our customers with yet another way to shop,” said Don Sanderson, group vice president of foods at Meijer. “This new concept store will not only provide our customers with everything they need on their weekly shopping trip but also a quick and easy solution for when they realize they left the key ingredient off their list while cooking dinner.” 

Currently, two Meijer Grocery stores are scheduled to open in Michigan in 2023 – one in Macomb Township and the other in Orion Township. Shoppers will have the same perks in Meijer Grocery as they do in the traditional Meijer stores, including delivery and pickup services, mPerks, and Shop and Scan. 

Meijer pharmacies to start administering updated COVID-19 boosters

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an updated COVID-19 vaccine to be used for boosters – Moderna and Pfizer’s bivalent vaccines. The bivalent vaccines are expected to provide greater protection against the virus, as they contain mRNA components from both the BA.4 and BA.5 strains of the omicron variant and the original strain of the virus. 

Meijer has since announced that its pharmacies are fully equipped to administer the new booster shots to patients. The company says that patients can also go to their pharmacies for vaccines for the flu, shingles, meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus, whooping cough, and others. 

“The pace of our household routines began to increase with the return to school and will extend through the holidays into the new year,” said Jackie Morse, vice president of pharmacy at Meijer. “Combining your flu and other vaccinations when receiving your updated COVID-19 booster not only saves time but can have real benefit as we look forward to spending time with friends or attending concerts, sporting events, and family gatherings.” 

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