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Meijer Said to Plan First Detroit Store

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Construction is reportedly set to begin next month on the first Meijer supercenter in Detroit.

The 195,000-square-foot store will be the anchor tenant in a 360,000-square-foot shopping center adjacent to the Michigan State Fairgrounds, according to published reports. Company officials could not be reached last week or comment.

Meijer disclosed its interest in 2010 to move into Detroit, pending the ability of a developer to get the project off the ground.

Related story: Meijer CEO ‘Committed to Growth’, a news website, quoted a developer as saying, “This [Meijer] project really represents the most significant retail development in the city of Detroit in over than 50 years. [It] will provide grocery opportunities in what has been federally classified as a food desert."

Meijer is also reportedly set to build a store on the site of a former high school in another part of Detroit.

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