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Meijer begins hiring 400 for new 8 Mile/Woodward store

Meijer has begun the process of hiring 400 people for its new store in Detroit at the southeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 8 Mile Road.

The Grand Rapids-based big-box retailer is anchoring the Gateway Marketplace development on 36 acres near the State Fairgrounds. The Meijer Supercenter will offer the company's normal retail and grocery options, making it one of the first big, brand-name supermarkets to open a full-size store in the Motor City in years.

"This is basically our standard, full-size supercenter," says Frank Guglielmi, director of public relations for Meijer. He adds the 190,000-square-foot store will also offer a gas station, drive-thru pharmacy and a garden center. It will be open between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., which is the normal hours for its urban locations.

Meijer will employ about 400 people at the store with about 30-40 percent of them working on a full-time basis. The hiring of those employees will begin this spring and continue through the summer. It is set to open late this summer. Meijer is working with Detroit Employment Solutions Corp through Michigan Works!, the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (commonly known as ACCESS), Second Ebenezer Church in partnership with Perfecting Church and the Arab American and Chaldean Council.

"We're talking about everything from cashiers to cake decorators to meat cutters," Guglielmi says. "The level of pay depends on their level of experience."

For information on applying for those job, click here.

Source: Frank Guglielmi, director of public relations for Meijer
Writer: Jon Zemke

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