Brimfield’s new Meijer store has set an official opening date of July 9.
Opening the same day will be a new store in Lorain. Both will be 155,000 square feet in size.
Joe Hirschmugl, external communications manager, said the Brimfield store, located at 219 Tallmadge Road in Brimfield near Interstate 76, will employ more than 300 people.
"One of the main differences between Walmart and Meijer is, Meijer was founded on groceries," he added. "Meijer prides itself on being a grocer first. A lot of people love to come to Meijer for the fresh beef, produce, dairy and so on."
To start, he said, the hours of operation will be from 6 a.m. to midnight, but that is subject to change.
"The hours could change in the weeks to come due to the pandemic situation," he explained.
Normal, non-COVID-19 hours at Meijer stores are 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year except Christmas. Hirschmugl is hopeful the store can adopt those hours as the pandemic conditions permit.
Like other grocery stores, Meijer will adopt several COVID-19 safety protocols in the new store, including social distancing, safety decals to help with spacing, protective plexiglass shields at checkouts and daily screenings and temperature checks for employees, who also are asked to wear mask, according to a Meijer news release.
The Lorain and Brimfield stores will be the last of a batch of five opening in Northeast Ohio this year.
The new stores will feature fresh groceries, a fresh bakery, fresh meat and deli counters, as well as a garden center. Other departments will include a pharmacy, electronics, toys, sports and apparel, according to a Meijer news release.
In 1962, Meijer became the first "super center," offering groceries, clothing, hardware and more. Stores now sell more than 220,000 produces from products to sporting goods, according to information from the store.
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