ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - At 7am Thursday morning Meier opened their doors to the waiting public who had been standing in line to be the first to get inside and shop.
But that was just the start to a busy day at the new store.
Another important portion of the opening took place at 10am when local and store officials gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Rick Keyes, the President and CEO of Meijer Incorporated, was one of many wielding a plus sized set of scissors for the event.
"Well, it took us a while. We've been in Michigan for 82 years and now we're able to be up in the U.P."
Keyes then spoke about Meijer's commitment to the communities they are in. The company donates 6% of their net profits every year to worthy cause.
"Meijer is a family run business so for us being able to be part of the community is very important and so we really want to be a part of what matters in Escanaba and making a difference so we're committed to that."
And it didn't take long to show that commitment. As part of the ribbon cutting ceremony both the U.P. State Fair committee and Escanaba area schools received $25,000.00 checks from Meijer.
Keyes went on to speak about some of the products they offer.
"One of the things we pride ourselves on is the freshest produce in the industry so this store is going to get seven day a week delivery."
The produce section alone offers over 6oo varieties to choose from.
There are also several U.P. brands being carried in a variety of sections throughout the store.
The store will employ over 300 individuals in a variety of positions.
Also featured in the store is and extensive sporting goods section that can issue hunting and fishing licenses as well as a large pharmacy that will feature drive thru pick up service on prescriptions.
But then there is what many locals will consider the most important feature in the store.
Starbucks with be open 7 days a week from 6am-7pm for your Grande pleasure.