Meijer in Grand Rapids today announced it is rolling out newly-designed convenience store and gas stations, with the first facility located at 2988 Walker NW, adjacent to the retailer’s headquarters.
The new 5,500-square-foot convenience store is the first Meijer gas station to include a separate full-service Starbucks. The store will also include an expanded assortment of fresh produce and protein-based snacks, wraps, fruit, and organic items, as well as grab-and-go meals prepared locally by Superior Foods.
“We are proud to continue to roll out what we see as the future of convenience for our gas station patrons,” says Adam Whitney, vice president of gas stations and convenience stores at Meijer. “We believe our customers will appreciate the ease and accessibility that the new design offers and the expanded assortment of freshly-made options that reflects their desire for healthier snacks.”
The new convenience store features a large seating area with free Wi-Fi and phone-charging stations. Its expanded assortment of freshly-prepared foods includes sushi made daily; hot selections such as hand-crafted pizzas and chicken tenders; and locally-prepared donuts delivered daily.
The location also offers a self-serve coffee station and large fountain bar with cold-brew coffee, frozen coffee and F’real Shakes selections. The retailer also added a “beer cave” that features popular craft and national brews, and an expansive cold and on-shelf wine assortment.
In the coming months, Starbucks will open a full-service location, which includes drive-thru service, a first for a Meijer stand-alone convenience store.
The new gas station includes 18 fuel pumps, a 50-percent increase over the retailer’s previous gas station format. The fuel pumps feature an expanded pumping capacity, with several including Diesel and an E85 selection to accommodate flex fuel vehicles. All pumps are equipped with “Fast Tap” technology for fast and secure payment on the go. The location will also offer electric car-charging stations later this year.
Meijer currently operates 200-plus gas stations and convenience stores across its six-state footprint and more than 240 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The company was founded in 1934.
Hank Meijer, executive chairman of Meijer, was featured in the 2018 version of Detroit 500, now available on newsstands and online at DBusiness.com.