ROCKFORD/MACHESNEY PARK — Both Meijer stores in Rockford are now open after ribbon cutting ceremonies at both stores Tuesday. In Rockford, music played as students from Eisenhower Middle School were enthusiatic about the celebration.
Meijer executives say the celebration will stretch further than these walls and into pocket books.
“Well it’s giving people jobs,” shopper Jeff Maney agreed, “and it’s creating a sales tax revenue, which is going to help the city.”
Meijer says its two new stores have brought more than 500 jobs to the area.
“Coming to Rockford, if we can be part of some economic spark and some new job creation and some new opportunity, that feels great,” said Meijer Co-chairman Hank Meijer.
Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey says job creation isn’t the only benefit of having the superstore in the community. “Really having that diversity of large and small entreprenuers moving our community forward is a great sign of success for our community and it’s a great thing moving forward.”
The ceremony also saw a check presentation to Eisenhower Middle School for $25,000. Just one of the ways Meijer Co-chairman Hank Meije, hopes to give to the community. “If we’re doing our job, being here is going to add to the quality of life in Rockford, we hope that we’ve got a combination of great products at great prices that people will just enjoy searching out.”
Another ‘Grand Opening’ is scheduled for Thursday, which caused some confusion over when the stores would actually be open for business. The Rockford store opened at 10am, the Machesney Park one a 2pm, and both will be open 24 hours.
The Rockford store is at the corner of McFarland and Perryville, while the Machesney Park store is near the intersection of Perryville and Rt. 173.
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