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My Town: Lakeshore family gets triple surprise at Meijer

My Town: Lakeshore family gets triple surprise at Meijer

NORTON SHORES, Mich.—A West Michigan family received three surprises while shopping at Meijer for the holidays.

Not only did the store cover Elizabeth Flores’ bill, but co-chairman Doug Meijer and other team members surprised Flores with items that didn’t make it into her grocery cart.  During her trip down the aisles, Flores picked up some gifts, but eventually returned them to store shelves because she was worried she couldn’t pay for them.  Little did she know, Doug Meijer and store employees were picking up those discarded items to surprise her with at checkout.  Doug Meijer also added a bicycle and helmet to Flores’ complimentary order, for her 7-year-old son, Octavio.

Meijer picked up the tab for 213 shoppers this season, as part of its inaugural Very Merry Meijer event on Dec. 13.  Co-chairman Hank Meijer and President J.K. Symancyk also took part in the giveaway at the 28th Street and Plainfield Avenue stores, respectively.

My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.


On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.


“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”


From a two-man shop to a global powerhouse: Gill Industries' story of success

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  In a time when 8 out of 10 businesses fail, one local company is celebrating 50 years of success.

Plainfield Township Supervisor Jay Spencer issued a proclamation this month recognizing Gill Industries’ milestone.

Gill Industries started in 1964 as a small tool and die company run by John Gill and his brother-in-law, Gerald Williams.  Since then, it’s grown drastically, adding stamping products in the 1970s, welding and assembly in the 1980s and a more complex design and engineering system in the 1990s.  In 1985, Gill’s wife, Rita Williams took over the company, growing sales from nearly $8 million to more than $100 million.  In 2010, she handed over the reigns to her daughters Rita Woodruff and Mary Gill-Thornton, who serve as co-CEOs, continuing the family business, which is now a global supplier.

Gill industries now employs 1,898 people across the world, including 620 in Michigan.  

Godwin Hardware offers plumbing skills

Godwin Hardware offers plumbing skills

(WYOMING) - Godwin Hardware is offering you the chance to learn some basic plumbing skills.

Join us for our annual free hands-on plumbing clinic where licensed plumber Brian Vance teaches how to repair the most common plumbing problems. We'll have snacks and a drawing for great prizes!

Consumers Credit Union of Kalamazoo Coming to Grand Rapids

Consumers Credit Union of Kalamazoo Coming to Grand Rapids

Consumers Credit Union of Kalamazoo is building two branch offices in the metro area. One branch office, under construction is located in Cascade near the Meijer store at the corner of 28th St. SE & Kraft Avenue. The other office will be constructed in Gaines Township located at 6770 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

Consumers, currently has 14 offices in the Southwestern part of the state, which includes Holland, Coldwater, Portage & Kalamazoo.

Visit www.consumerscu.org for more information.

Crash’s Landing Fundraiser on September 24

Crash’s Landing Fundraiser on September 24

Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invites the community to participate in this worthy cause.

Print a flier from Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary website below. On Wednesday, September 24 from 11am to 11pm the public is invited to present the coupon to any one of the 14 Pizza Hut locations and 20% of their total bill will be donated to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary. This is included for Dine-in, Carry out or Delivery.

The Flier has the list & addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations on the North & South side.

Visit http://www.crashslanding.org for the flier & print the coupon.  

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays


WALKER, Mich.—  A Walker-based retail store is hiring thousands more workers ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer recently announced it plans to hire more than 10,000 additional employees for stores in five states. Nearly half of the new hires, approximately 4,800 people, will happen in Michigan. The additional employees are needed to cover duties newly opened stores, as well as the upcoming busy holiday shopping season.  Meijer opened or is opening nine new stores in 2014; the retailer plans to open additional locations in 2015.

The openings will be for a variety of positions, from cashiers to meat cutting.  The majority of positions will be part time and seasonal.  Interested candidates can apply online on Meijer’s website

Meijer currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.