Meijer to Test Smaller Format

Supercenter pioneer Meijer Inc. last week said it would open a new format considerably smaller than its typical store and focused on the grocery side of the business.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Supercenter pioneer Meijer Inc., based here, last week said it would open a new format considerably smaller than its typical store and focused on the grocery side of the business.

The 102,000-square-foot outlet — about half the size of a typical Meijer store but still more than twice the size of a typical supermarket — is scheduled to debut in the first quarter of next year in Niles, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

“This is an exciting announcement for

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