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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (6/5/14) — Meijer opened a supercenter today in Bowling Green, Ky., marking its southernmost location, Co-Chairman Hank Meijer announced.

The 190,000-square-foot store at 1676 Westpark Dr., has created more than 270 new jobs and will provide local residents with fresh produce delivered daily, affordable, high-quality merchandise and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

"We are very excited to finally bring the Meijer experience to our neighbors in Bowling Green and the surrounding communities," Hank Meijer said. "This supercenter reinforces our commitment to meeting the needs of families by providing positive solutions to everyday problems. As our 10th store in Kentucky, it represents continued growth and investment in the Midwest."

Meijer kicked off its opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event inside the store, followed by remarks from Meijer officials and local dignitaries, and the presentation of a $25,000 check to help fund Warren County Public School's new Synergy Center.

As a pioneer of one-stop shopping, the Grand Rapids-based retailer opened its first store in 1934 and has grown steadily by continuing to focus on fresh grocery options and on community partnership. Each year, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations and works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger in local communities. Since 2008, its Simply Give program has donated more than $9 million to stock the shelves of food pantries in the communities it serves.

The new Bowling Green store is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards and features more than 600 high quality varieties of fresh produce, a meat department offering neighborhood butcher shop service with custom cuts and a bakery carrying fresh bread baked four times daily.

In addition to the retailer's traditional grocery and merchandise offerings and garden center, the new pharmacy will offer the company's free prescription program, as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled more than 19 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $284 million.

"Our team has worked very hard to get this store ready and we're excited to bring one of our stores to Bowling Green," said Bill Thompson, store director of the Bowling Green Meijer. "We always strive to offer variety to our customers and look forward to bringing our fresh offerings to the Bowling Green area. Whether you're looking for fruits and vegetables delivered daily, getting your yard ready for summer or seeking answers about a nagging health concern, we look forward to providing value to anyone who steps through our door."

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