DANVILLE — It’s been officially confirmed. Shopping at Meijer is now less than a month away.
Meijer will open for business at 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. From there, the store is open 24 hours a day.
There will be a ribbon-cutting that morning with Meijer leadership and other officials, according to Meijer Public Relations Manager Joe Hirschmugl.
On Sunday, Nov. 10, the store celebrates its official grand opening with special events, customer giveaways, etc.
Final training and stocking continues with the store.
The 190,000-square-foot store had more than 300 positions to fill in departments, ranging from clerks and cake decorators to customer service, cashiers, receiving and meat cutters.
Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, operates 203 super centers and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
“I’m not sure the public realizes this, but by the time Meijer and Jimmy John’s gets opened, we will have added more than 500,000 square feet of new retail space to the area with new retail sales potential of more than $115 million and around 450 new job opportunities,” said Vermilion Advantage CEO and President Vicki Haugen.
New stores and restaurants have included: Dunham’s, Ross Dress for Less, Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx, Ruler Foods, County Market in Tilton, Book World, Burlington and McDonald’s off Bowman Avenue.
“The level of variety that will be available this holiday season will be greater than I can remember in many years. There is a lot of excitement and there should be,” Haugen said. “New and existing retailers alike throughout the area should feel the benefit of the increased traffic flow and shopping option density. It should definitely be a holiday season approaching when it will be easy for folks to ‘Think Vermilion County First!’”
In addition to Meijer, the public can still look forward to Jimmy John’s opening, with a target date of Nov. 5; and All About Eyes opening next to the new Cellular One store near Kohl’s and T.J. Maxx.