Business News Briefs: Meijer

Meijer to Offer Galactic Selection of Star Wars Merchandise

Retailer featuring variety of items and participating in Star Wars “Find The Force” augmented reality experience for Force Friday II at 235 stores across Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer stores throughout the Midwest are preparing to bring customers closer to a galaxy far, far away by offering a variety of grocery and merchandise items in honor of the epic Star Wars saga and December’s theatrical release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Starting on Force Friday at 12:01 a.m., Sept. 1, fans and families will find a huge variety of the newest Star Wars themed products at Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the new Find the Force experience where customers can download the Star Wars App and scan graphics bearing the “Find the Force” logo to unlock new and favorite AR Star Wars characters.

“We’re thrilled to be carrying a wide assortment of merchandise throughout our stores as Star Wars enthusiasts count down to the newest episode in this epic saga,” said Dan Myers, Divisional Merchandise Manager of Toys and Sporting Goods for Meijer.

Myers said Meijer stores across the Midwest will feature everything from toys and collectibles, to apparel and houseware items.

“Once customers see our selection for Force Friday II, they’ll see we’re the perfect one-stop shop for all things related to Star Wars,” he said.

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Meijer Recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

Retailer achieves high score of 90 percent, earns first time placement on the 2017 Disability Equality Index®

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) as one of the Disability Equality Index (DEI®) Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion, receiving a high score of 90 percent. This is the first award of its kind for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.

“This is a significant achievement for our company,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We have worked hard to diversify our workforce and create a culture where everyone is part of one team. We believe this approach helps all of us better serve our customers and contributes to dynamic growth of Meijer.”

The Meijer Diversity & Inclusion team was on hand recently to receive the award during the US Business Leadership Network’s (USBLN) annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

The companies participating in the 2017 DEI® represent 21 different sectors of the American economy, and have a total U.S. workforce of approximately 7.2 million workers, or approximately 5 percent of all American workers.

The recognition of being a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” is reserved for those companies that have scored 80 or above on the DEI®. The full company list can be accessed here:

2017 Disability Equality Index Results

The DEI® is a joint initiative of the AAPD and the USBLN®. Developed by the DEI® Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, the DEI® is a national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive a score on a scale of zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices.

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

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