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Meijer opens Illinois supercenter

BY Dan Berthiaume

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Meijer will open a supercenter in Danville, Ill., on Nov. 7, marking its final of six new stores the retailer has opened this year in the Midwest. The 190,000-sq.-ft. store has created 300 new jobs and provides local residents a 24-hour shopping option.

With 22 stores spread throughout Illinois, the new supercenter is the latest in a $200 million investment this year that has included six new Meijer supercenters, extensive remodel projects for five additional stores in Michigan and Illinois, and a new distribution complex in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. The retailer now has 204 stores throughout the Midwest.

"Our team has worked very hard to get this supercenter ready and we’re excited to bring a 24-hour shopping option to our new neighbors in Danville and its surrounding communities," Hank Meijer, co-chairman of Meijer, said. "Whether it’s a quick meal for the family, finding that perfect gift for someone on your holiday list or seeking answers about a nagging health concern, this supercenter represents our ongoing commitment to help provide a healthier, balanced lifestyle for anyone who steps through our door."

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West Elm opens Huntington, N.Y., store Nov. 7

BY Dan Berthiaume

Brooklyn, NY. — Home furnishings retailer West Elm will open a new store in Huntington Station, N.Y. at the Walt Whitman Shops on Nov. 7. The 9,948-sq.-ft. store is the brand’s first location on Long Island.

“We are excited to continue to grow the West Elm brand with new locations around the world,” said Jim Brett, president of West Elm. “The Walt Whitman store will be a creative, community-driven space with products and services designed to help customers discover their personal style at home.”

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Report: Developer says West Monroe, La., will get shopping center

BY Dan Berthiaume

West Monroe, La. – Real estate developer Gerard Thibodeaux reportedly said that he expects West Monroe, La. to have a long-planned retail shopping center built in the next several years. According to the Monroe News Star, Thibodeaux said a study shows the West Monroe/Monroe trade region, which includes parts of Arkansas and Mississippi, offers 300,000 consumers.

The city of West Monroe reportedly has a list of potential retailers for an anchor store and would prefer a department store/apparel retailer as the anchor. It is estimated the center would generate $100 million in annual retail sales and contribute $2.5 million to the city budget each year.

West Monroe has about 500,000 sq. ft. of retail space available, which Thibodeaux said would require the center to be constructed in several phases. The center would also include a lifestyle center offering non-shopping activities.

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