Meijer opening set for mid June

2013-02-14T19:00:00Z 2013-02-15T18:01:12Z Meijer opening set for mid JuneJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The Meijer supercenter under construction at U.S. 6 and Willowcreek Road should open in mid June.

Company spokesman Frank Guglielmi said the gas station at the southeast corner of the property is slated to open in mid May and the store opening usually follows in about 30 days.

The hiring process should begin in mid March. About 250 full- and part-time jobs are expected to be offered at the store. Guglielmi said all applications will be taken online during a pre-screening process, and then potential employees will be contacted for interviews. Job information for the Portage store has not yet been posted on the company's website.

Meijer took possession of the building in April 2012 after buying the property from Kmart, which had announced in late 2011 it would close its store. Construction on the 180,000-square-foot building began last spring.

Guglielmi said the retailer's construction team evaluates each site and recommends the most cost-effective way to either build or remodel a store. The typical investment in opening a store, he said, is $15 million.

Guglielmi said the Portage site will be a traditional Meijer supercenter offering groceries, a garden center, electronics, clothing and household goods. It also will have a health and beauty care center including a pharmacy with extended services, including flu shots and a diabetes specialist on hand.

The Portage store also will be equipped with new technology tools, including a store locator technology smartphone application. Using the ap, a shopper can find where a product is located in the store. The store also will have a digital coupon program available.

The Portage location is one of six supercenters the retailer plan to open in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois this year.

For more information on the store or to monitor for job postings, the website is www.meijer.com.

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