Meijer Inc. plans to expand in the Fort Wayne market with the creation of a new operations facility to support its retail stores. This facility will occupy approximately 45,000 square feet.
The City of Fort Wayne, WorkOne Northeast and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation have put together an incentive package worth $1.2 million for Meijer, which will be phased in over a period of 10 years.
“We are pleased to continue to invest in the Fort Wayne community,” says Frank Guglielmi, director of public relations for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “Meijer currently has three stores in the Fort Wayne area, so we are familiar with the quality of the area and the workforce, which made the decision very logical for us.”
Meijer’s new facility will include more than 30 full-time positions, will operate in conjunction with its retail stores and pharmacies and will use advanced technology and automation for processing merchandise on behalf of the 198 Meijer retail stores throughout the Midwest.
“I’m thrilled to see the creation of new jobs and yet another major investment in our community,” says Mayor Tom Henry. “When outstanding companies like Meijer make these commitments, it tells me the business community sees that Fort Wayne is, indeed, built for success. As a regional hub, I know we will continue to have a long-standing and successful relationship with Meijer.”