DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – They’re celebrating on Detroit’s west side where the city’s second Meijer store is coming soon.

The midwest retailer held a groundbreaking event, Monday, at the site in the Old Redford neighborhood at Grand River and McNichols, where Old Redford High School once stood.

First district City Councilman James Tate, who lives close by, said it’s one of many ground breakings for the venerable neighborhood.

“This is just yet another brick in the strong foundation that has kept this neighborhood afloat over the years,” Tate said.

Construction is expected to take about a year.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement the store “is a real testament to Meijer’s commitment to Detroit and Detroiters’ love for what Meijer adds to our community.” He said it fills a need for residents and will be selling point for those wanting to move to Detroit.

The groundbreaking comes about a year after Meijer opened its first Detroit store at 8 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in the Gateway Marketplace.

While the new Meijer will be similar to the Woodward Ave. store, company co-chair Hank Mejier said it will differ in that it will be a more of a neighborhood store.

“For the health and vitality of the city, and for the long-term success of the investment that we’re all making here, we welcome more businesses and wanna see this neighborhood thrive by attraction competitors; and that will be better for all of us,” Meijer said.

The store is expected to create roughly 350 to 500 jobs.

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