Meijer corner market in Royal Oak won't use single-use plastic or paper bags

Posted at 12:33 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 12:33:13-05

(WXYZ) — The all-new Meijer Woodward Corner Market coming to Royal Oak will not use single-use plastic or paper bags, the company announced on Thursday.

According to the company, they will encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags, or purchase two different types of reusable pags at 10 cents each.

Set to open Jan. 29, the store is among the first in the Midwest that will offer sustainable bag alternatives.

“Meijer is commited to lessening our impact on the environment, and we saw an opportunity to reinforce that commitment by not offering traditional single-use plastic bags from Day One at Woodward Corner Market,” Store Manager Natalie Rubino said in a release. “We understand this is not a common practice, but we believe this is the right move for this community and our customers.”

The corner market is the largest tenant of the new Woodward Corners by Beaumont at the corner of 13 Mile and Woodward Ave. It's 41,000-square-feet and focuses on offering customers a unique mix of fresh and convenient food items.

On top of the 10-cent bag, there is a $1 bag customers can purchase. Both bags have been verified for use up to 125 times depending on how heavy the load is.

“We see more customers taking advantage of reusable bags available at all of our stores, so the opening of Woodward Corner Market provides a great opportunity to promote this option from the beginning,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We will continue to look for ways to promote the use of reusable bags and reduce single-use plastics at all of our locations.”