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Warsaw Meijer gets close

Supercenter one of 6 new stores for Midwest chain

A $15 million Meijer supercenter in Warsaw means Kosciusko County area residents will save on groceries – and gasoline, a spokesman for the retailer says.

“We have customers who drive great distances to shop at our stores,” Frank Guglielmi said Wednesday. “We’re continuing to grow in Indiana, and this store helps expand our customer base.”

Construction of the 190,000-square-foot store began last year. The store is set to open in the summer. It will employ 250 full- and part-time workers.

On Wednesday, Meijer touted its $160 million investment on a combination of six new and five remodeled stores. Besides Warsaw, Portage will have a new supercenter open this summer. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based grocer also will open two stores each in Michigan and Illinois this year.

Remodels also are slated at multiple sites in Michigan and Illinois.

Meijer operates 199 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. It has 28 locations in Indiana. The retailer points out that it is considered the pioneer of the “one-stop shopping,” or supercenter, concept.

Mark Dobson, president and CEO of the Warsaw Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce, said he is pleased about the job creation and competition that Meijer will bring to the region.

“That’s always a positive thing,” he said. Warsaw has a Walmart store on Walton Boulevard.

Guglielmi said job seekers should wait for a company announcement in March regarding employment before applying online.

Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer Hank Meijer said the company’s commitment to its five-state region remains firm.

“We are pleased to continue to invest in the Midwest communities that have supported us for so long,” he said in a statement. “By keeping prices low and maintaining our focus on customer service, we have been able to continue to grow during a tough economic cycle.”

Meijer has opened 29 stores since 2007 and remodeled dozens of others.