GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — History was made Wednesday morning when Meijer opened the door to its first grocery store in downtown Grand Rapids.
Meijer’s Bridge Street Market officially open to the public at 8 a.m. Lena Meijer, now 99, joined Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, store manager Ken Bair, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Guillermo Cisneros and Meijer leadership to mark the milestone with a ceremonial ribbon cutting two hours later.
Meijer and its Bridge Street Market celebrated the opening by donating $5,000 each to five local charities.
It also announced plans to build a similar store in Lansing, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Larch Street. Lansing Nexstar station WLNS reports the grocery store would be the first one in downtown Lansing in decades.
Residents and workers in downtown Grand Rapids have waited a long time for the market to open up shop.
“One consistent request I heard is that we need a grocery store downtown,” said Bliss. “I’m so delighted to be here… huge congratulations to the team.”
The store’s website says the grocery store will have a heavy emphasis on fresh produce, local and artisan groceries, and you’ll be able to find Meijer and national brand products as well.
Bridge Street Market will be open 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. It’s located in Grand Rapids’ West Side on Bridge Street between Stocking and Seward avenues.
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