Meijer to break ground on second Detroit store at former school site

Redford HS
Redford High School before it was demolished to make way for a Meijer store. Steve Neavling/MCM

Meijer plans to open its second store in Detroit by next summer after announcing today that it will break ground on its newest site on the northwest side Monday.

The Grand Rapids-based supermarket chain is building a supercenter at the site of the demolished Redford High School, a once-might institution that fell victim to violence and declining enrollment at Grand River and McNichols.

The store is expected to be similar in size to the 190,000-square-foot supermarket that opened at the Gateway shopping center at 8 Mile and Woodward last year. It is to include a gas station and drive-thru pharmacy.

With the opening of Whole Foods in Midtown last year, Detroiters are beginning to have more grocery options with a wider selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, which are largely lacking at the city’s numerous liquor stores and small grocers.¬†

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Barbara Ingalls

    Good for Meijers. I guess the considerable asbestos abatement is done.

  • JC

    They have been talking about this location as a Meijer store for years. When it opens it will likely affect the Foodland grocery store on GR, just west of Southfield, which happens to be a very well operated store and is black owned, something you don’t see enough of in Detroit.

    • Paul Jones III

      The owners of Foodland sold to Arabs some time in the last few months. Sad, but good business decision on their part, they know what’s coming.