Meijer at Detroit's Gateway Marketplace shopping center opens Thursday

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Doors are open at Detroit's first Meijer superstore.

The 190,000-square-foot supercenter is located at the new Gateway Marketplace shopping center at the site of the former Michigan State Fairgrounds at 8 Mile and Woodward.

"The opening of Detroit's first Meijer store means new jobs, continued economic growth and greater convenience for the residents of our city," Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said in a news release. "As the anchor of the new Gateway Marketplace shopping center, Meijer represents another important business investment that is transforming Detroit into a retail destination."

Meijer says the store has created 550 new jobs for the area. The company will also partner with local farmers and businesses to provide locally-grown produce and other local products.

"We are thrilled to offer the Meijer experience to our new neighbors," company Co-chairman Doug Meijer said in a news release. "There's so much history and pride here, so many people who've lived their entire lives in the city of Detroit, that the opportunity to provide healthy living options and help encourage growth is something our company is grateful to be a part of."

Meijer says the new store will offer the company's traditional grocery and merchandise offerings, garden center and gas station, as well as Meijer's free prescription program, clinical services and immunizations.

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