By Ken DeLaat
On Tuesday the retail landscape of our area changes significantly as Meijer opens its doors not even a stone’s throw from where Walmart debuted its Supercenter in 2004.
The anticipation surrounding the opening has captivated the community and the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am will feature the usual announcements by representatives from Meijer as well as a few words from local politicians and community leaders.
However it is at 7am when the action truly begins because the shoppers will initiate the hundreds of new or transferred employees as they begin pouring in to experience the first of what will undoubtedly be numerous visits to the regional retail giant for many.
There has been a boatload of discussion in the past two years regarding the arrival of Meijer and local social media has been filled with the perfunctory rumors, speculations, and caveats such events elicit.
But come Tuesday most folks who show up won’t be interested in any of the chatter that has surrounded this newest addition to the Meijer stable. And while some will gather for the ceremony at 10 to hear a bit of oration and see who takes part in putting the giant scissors to the ribbon it’s not likely to be the focal point of their visit. After all, sales and promotions will begin immediately when the store opens.
They’ll be looking for bargains.
Let the shopping begin.