What to expect while shopping at Illinois Meijer Grocery


See the inside of a Meijer grocery store and retail supercenter in this photo from a 2022 Ohio location grand opening.


Walmart, Schnucks, Shop ‘n Save, Dierbergs, Aldi and now Meijer.

With so many grocery options in Metro East, what will set your new pick apart?

Here’s what to expect while shopping at a Meijer hypermarket, which plans to open in Glen Carbon:

How is it in a Meijer store?

Meijer describes himself as a pioneer of supercenters, opening his first supercenter in 1964 – 26 years before Walmart. Meijer stores average between 150,000 and 250,000 square feet and stock over 220,000 items.

In a Meijer storeyou’ll find fresh produce and meat, clothing, pet supplies, toys and electronics, as well as a garden center and pharmacy.

Meijer states on his website that he gets his produce from more than 250 local farmers in the Midwest, and his meat and seafood are delivered fresh six days a week.

In the pet supplies department, Meijer stocks more than 500 varieties of treats for dogs and cats, according to the website.

Clothing and footwear brands at Meijer include Adidas, Skechers and Carhartt.

Where are the Meijer stores?

Meijer stores are located in six Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Michigan. Currently, the closest store to the St. Louis area is in Springfield.

The Glen Carbon expansion is planned in the 52-acre commercial district called Orchard Town Center. This development is on the former site of the Foucek Tree Farm, on the southeast corner of the intersection of Plum Street and Governors Drive.

Meijer spokesman Frank Guglielmi confirmed the company had a contract with the developer who bought the land from Glen Carbon, the Staenberg Group, but declined to comment further early in the process. Meijer still needs approval from the village before he can start building.

Tim Lowe, Staenberg Group’s senior vice president of leasing and development, said Meijer is expected to have his first meeting with Glen Carbon officials later this month.

What do customers say about Meijer?

Online customer reviews mention the wide variety of items stocked in Meijer stores.

“Usually good quality vegetables and meats, plenty of choice,” said one reviewer.

“Went for eggs, came out with shoes and fruit,” another wrote.

Regarding the comparison to other stores, one reviewer described Meijer as having “Walmart selection with Kroger and Target quality”.

This story was originally published May 12, 2022 2:58 p.m.

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