DETROIT (WWJ) – Construction of Detroit’s second Meijer store has been drawing attention on the city’s west side.
With crews hard at work on what was once the site of the long-vacant Redford High School, at Grand River and McNichols, WWJ’s Mike Campbell on Wednesday found a couple of curious locals standing at the fence looking in.
“So far they are (doing a good job), yeah…putting it together, putting it together very quickly, too,” said one Detroit man, who didn’t want to give his name.
He added that he believes the store will be good for the neighborhood. “I think so. I think the more stuff that they have here the further people won’t have to go out to shop. Some people don’t have transportation and this would be very convenient.”
The first Meijer store in Detroit opened in July, 2013, on 8 Mile Road at Woodward Ave., at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds site.
The west side location, which will also feature a drive-thru pharmacy and a gas station, will employ as many as 500 people.
Meijer broke ground on the second location in June, and company officials have said the store is expected to open within a year.
Early this month, Meijer announced it was looking to hire 2,400 people in Michigan for the holiday shopping season. Thousands more workers are wanted for stores in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois. [For more details on available jobs CLICK HERE].