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Wal-mart Supercenter grand opening Wednesday

There are 99 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from May 5, 2008, titled Wal-mart Supercenter grand opening Wednesday. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

Comstock Park- One of Meijer's direct competitors will soon celebrate a grand opening.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WZZM Grand Rapids.

I Speak the Truth

Grand Rapids, MI

#62 May 9, 2008
For all of those on here bashing Meijer, and saying you frequest Walmart to save a few pennies per tiem, I have on question. Do you see any local benefit from the Walton family for all of the money you have spent in their stores?

Here in Grand Rapids we have The Frederik Meijer Gardens, The Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center at Spectrum helath, Meijer also donated land for Grand Valley State University campus in Holland,Meijer, Inc. also donated an undisclosed amount of money to GVSU in the mid 1980s for construction of new studios for GVSU's Public Television Station, WGVU--which to this day continues to broadcast from "The Meijer Public Broadcast Center. he also attempted to donate 25 million dolklars and gold course property for a new zoo (rejected by voters, thank you very much), recently, the Meijer Foundation announced plans to donate $1 million to Michigan's White Pine Trail State Park, raising the total donations from $2.1 to $3.1 million.
Grand Rapids' downtown Civic Theatre, now renamed the Meijer Majestic Theatre, had a $10 million renovation, thanks in large part to donations by Fred Meijer, in 2006 Meijer donated money to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in order to create the paid position called the Frederik Meijer Chair of Dutch Language and Culture. Previously there was a chair but it was unpaid.

So bash Meijer all you want, but there are many things available to people of this area thanks to them. I am still waiting to see something donated to this area by the Walton Family. The only benfit I see from having Walmart in the area is a few more pennies in some peoples pockets.
Lucifer

Holland, MI

#63 May 9, 2008
Any dead bodies in the parking lot let?

(For those that don't get it, see related story about Ionia)

Since: May 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#64 May 9, 2008
I Speak the Truth wrote:
For all of those on here bashing Meijer, and saying you frequest Walmart to save a few pennies per tiem, I have on question. Do you see any local benefit from the Walton family for all of the money you have spent in their stores?
Here in Grand Rapids we have The Frederik Meijer Gardens, The Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center at Spectrum helath, Meijer also donated land for Grand Valley State University campus in Holland,Meijer, Inc. also donated an undisclosed amount of money to GVSU in the mid 1980s for construction of new studios for GVSU's Public Television Station, WGVU--which to this day continues to broadcast from "The Meijer Public Broadcast Center. he also attempted to donate 25 million dolklars and gold course property for a new zoo (rejected by voters, thank you very much), recently, the Meijer Foundation announced plans to donate $1 million to Michigan's White Pine Trail State Park, raising the total donations from $2.1 to $3.1 million.
Grand Rapids' downtown Civic Theatre, now renamed the Meijer Majestic Theatre, had a $10 million renovation, thanks in large part to donations by Fred Meijer, in 2006 Meijer donated money to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in order to create the paid position called the Frederik Meijer Chair of Dutch Language and Culture. Previously there was a chair but it was unpaid.
So bash Meijer all you want, but there are many things available to people of this area thanks to them. I am still waiting to see something donated to this area by the Walton Family. The only benfit I see from having Walmart in the area is a few more pennies in some peoples pockets.
I don't bash Meijer, I just think for the price you pay there it could be better quality of meat. Yes Fred has done alot for the town of GR but aren't they getting sued for something in the voting system.
My sister works for Meijer, they could pay more, they could let people off on special days, the last holiday she had off was Christmas and they were closed that day, or she would have had to work.
Heck go to Meijers on a Friday or saturday they only have 2 or 3 reg lanes open. And the do it yourself lanes, talk about people losing there jobs. Every time you use one of those lanes another person will be gone from work.
Michsux

Allegan, MI

#65 May 9, 2008
Josh wrote:
Walmart's supercenter in Fremont sucks. I do not buy meat there at all as it is LOW quality. I'm not impressed by their fruits and vegetables either. The only reason I don't go to meijer is that it is about 30 miles from me while Walmart is less than a mile. I do like Meijer better, and I wish that Meijer would have moved into Fremont instead of Walmart opening a supercenter. For my nephews birthday my wife bought him a veggietales DVD. After finding out he already had that one, she tried to bring it back. My wife went through a self checkout when she bought it, and forgot the receipt. She tried to take it back as it was NOT opened, and the price tag was still on it. They told us all they could do was exchange it for the same DVD. It is getting worse here all the time.
The best thing to come out of Fremont is an empty bus.
Bob

Greenville, MI

#66 May 10, 2008
Josh wrote:
Walmart's supercenter in Fremont sucks. I do not buy meat there at all as it is LOW quality. I'm not impressed by their fruits and vegetables either. The only reason I don't go to meijer is that it is about 30 miles from me while Walmart is less than a mile. I do like Meijer better, and I wish that Meijer would have moved into Fremont instead of Walmart opening a supercenter. For my nephews birthday my wife bought him a veggietales DVD. After finding out he already had that one, she tried to bring it back. My wife went through a self checkout when she bought it, and forgot the receipt. She tried to take it back as it was NOT opened, and the price tag was still on it. They told us all they could do was exchange it for the same DVD. It is getting worse here all the time.
Meijer will only exchange a DVD also. It is a federal issue.
Bob

Greenville, MI

#67 May 10, 2008
I Speak the Truth wrote:
For all of those on here bashing Meijer, and saying you frequest Walmart to save a few pennies per tiem, I have on question. Do you see any local benefit from the Walton family for all of the money you have spent in their stores?
Here in Grand Rapids we have The Frederik Meijer Gardens, The Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center at Spectrum helath, Meijer also donated land for Grand Valley State University campus in Holland,Meijer, Inc. also donated an undisclosed amount of money to GVSU in the mid 1980s for construction of new studios for GVSU's Public Television Station, WGVU--which to this day continues to broadcast from "The Meijer Public Broadcast Center. he also attempted to donate 25 million dolklars and gold course property for a new zoo (rejected by voters, thank you very much), recently, the Meijer Foundation announced plans to donate $1 million to Michigan's White Pine Trail State Park, raising the total donations from $2.1 to $3.1 million.
Grand Rapids' downtown Civic Theatre, now renamed the Meijer Majestic Theatre, had a $10 million renovation, thanks in large part to donations by Fred Meijer, in 2006 Meijer donated money to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in order to create the paid position called the Frederik Meijer Chair of Dutch Language and Culture. Previously there was a chair but it was unpaid.
So bash Meijer all you want, but there are many things available to people of this area thanks to them. I am still waiting to see something donated to this area by the Walton Family. The only benfit I see from having Walmart in the area is a few more pennies in some peoples pockets.
Wal-Mart raises alot of money for Cancer patients, and their families, Do you see Meijer doing that? No. That is only one instance. There are many more.

Since: Apr 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#68 May 10, 2008
I love the new Walmart store. I went today and only spent $120 whereas I would have spent at least $200 at Meijer. Yes I did the price matching so I know I'm right. I hate Meijer because of their prices and how they treat their employees. I should know, I used to be one of them. So did my friend and we were treated HORRIBLE! Never ever get sick while working at Meijer or you may come in to find you have been fired! For only 1 day!

“Pets-at-Play”

Since: Apr 08

Grand Haven

#69 May 10, 2008
We had a wal-mart open in grand haven right across the street from MEIJERS I can say this ...
1 ..you can always get front row parking lol
2 ..you can always be first in line at the check out NO WAIT lol
3 ..HAHAHAHAHAHA =-)~
I feel bad for all the workers when they close not sure NOT walmart!!!
I LOVE MY MEIJERS!!!

“Pets-at-Play”

Since: Apr 08

Grand Haven

#70 May 10, 2008
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>Wal-Mart raises alot of money for Cancer patients, and their families, Do you see Meijer doing that? No. That is only one instance. There are many more.
I see meijers give ITS OWN MONEY TO OUR SCHOOLS AND A ALOT MORE THEN WALCRAP HAS EVER DONE!!!Meijers gives to LOT of charities maybe get your facts right before u bash!!!

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#71 May 11, 2008
ho0olly wrote:
<quoted text>
I see meijers give ITS OWN MONEY TO OUR SCHOOLS AND A ALOT MORE THEN WALCRAP HAS EVER DONE!!!Meijers gives to LOT of charities maybe get your facts right before u bash!!!
It's own money? Where did that money come from? The local customers? How about the mom and pop groceries that Meijer has run out of business over the years?

When Meijer opened their first store in Holland, the prices in Holland were below the Jenison store prices. Then, once the small local stores went out of business, they increased the prices up to the level of the Jenison store. The parts man from a local motorcycle dealership told me that Meijer was selling the m/c accessories they had for less than he could get them wholesale!
Michsux

Allegan, MI

#72 May 11, 2008
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>Wal-Mart raises alot of money for Cancer patients, and their families, Do you see Meijer doing that? No. That is only one instance. There are many more.
No, Your right they have done nothing but put in hospital wings started a center for research for cancer.Besides donate millions to further medical research. Other than that nothing. Go sell your walmart propaganda elsewhere. Walmart is nothing more than a chinese distribution center. Incase you didn't know this their slated to spend $9 billion on overseas products this year. The only thing missing at Walmart is the chinese restaurant inside.
FREEDOM toCHOOSE

United States

#73 May 11, 2008
SHOP where YOU choose.........if you don't like Walmart DON'T go there .....if you don't like Meijer DON'T go there.....I like different aspects of different stores....I CHOSE to do more shopping at Walgreens over the Holiday Season for the simple fact they had the Salvation Army Bell Ringers

This thread sounds quite abit like the smokers vs non smokers
I Speak the Truth

Grand Rapids, MI

#74 May 12, 2008
FREEDOM toCHOOSE wrote:
SHOP where YOU choose.........if you don't like Walmart DON'T go there .....if you don't like Meijer DON'T go there.....I like different aspects of different stores....I CHOSE to do more shopping at Walgreens over the Holiday Season for the simple fact they had the Salvation Army Bell Ringers
This thread sounds quite abit like the smokers vs non smokers
It is a choice, but those who were in here bashing Meijer prompted my response. I can list many more things that the Meijer Family has done that benefit everyone here in West Michigan. I am sorry but I do not see the same generosity, at elats not locally, from the Walton family.

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#75 May 12, 2008
I Speak the Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
It is a choice, but those who were in here bashing Meijer prompted my response. I can list many more things that the Meijer Family has done that benefit everyone here in West Michigan. I am sorry but I do not see the same generosity, at elats not locally, from the Walton family.
Wal Mart may not be active in this area with big projects, but they do do a lot without having to put their name on everything. They tend to spend their charitable dollars on disaster relief.

That said, the new store is now open. I'm surprised that we haven't seen any posts on this thread about their experience with the new store.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#76 May 12, 2008
We stopped at Meijer last night on the way home from my mom's. We went through a self-checkout that was so slow scanning, and making us stop and wait for the one cashier per ten lanes, that the ice cream was half melted by the time we got to the car. It's ridiculous! They only had two or three regular lanes open, out of about twenty. I usually shop Meijer or F. Fare in Allendale. You put up with crap no matter where you go, but you have to go where the sales and best prices are.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#77 May 12, 2008
Gentle Taz wrote:
<quoted text>
Wal Mart may not be active in this area with big projects, but they do do a lot without having to put their name on everything. They tend to spend their charitable dollars on disaster relief.
That said, the new store is now open. I'm surprised that we haven't seen any posts on this thread about their experience with the new store.
I'll probably check it out next time I'm out that way.. the first time I drove past I couldn't even get in the lot. I like to go when things aren't too busy(people annoy me, that's my problem). It'll probably be a month or so before the newness dies down.

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#78 May 12, 2008
mama knows wrote:
<quoted text>
I'll probably check it out next time I'm out that way.. the first time I drove past I couldn't even get in the lot. I like to go when things aren't too busy(people annoy me, that's my problem). It'll probably be a month or so before the newness dies down.
Yes, people will travel for miles to check out a new store or restaurant. I tend to avoid the new ones until the mob thins out. I have issues with crowds too. For one thing, crowds tend to attract thieves and I prefer to avoid bad situations.
Valmr2

Columbus, OH

#79 May 30, 2008
I live in Columbus and they closed the Meijer that was 2 miles up the road from us. Now we have to drive 8-10 miles either way. There is a Wal-Mart just around the corner...guess where I am shopping? Corporate doesn't care about the many elderly people who do not drive that were in the area of the closed store. Where will they shop? Also I had to go to a doctor that was by one of the farther away Meijer. Once a month we are in the area. I bought some hamburger buns, Meijer brand. I went to use them the NEXT day and they had mold on them and the sell by date is another week out yet. I was p-oed to say the least I called the "store director" and he said they would replace or refund. I asked since I have to drive so far to do this if they would do both and he said he can't give away free-product. So I asked "You are going to lose a customer over a 99 cent pack of buns?" and he said "Yes". So corporate has been notified. If I had this problem at the Wal-MArt or Kroger they would have refunded cost and replaced product. Kroger will give you the item free if they ring it up wrong. Wal-Mart matches ad prices so I will be taking my Meijer ad in from now on. I have to make a special trip to the Meijer now and run out expensive gas. Actually, after I looked at the receipt I was charged $1.79 for buns marked 99 cents on their shelf. Shame on me for not findng it before I left the store. BUt it will cost me about that in gas returning them.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#80 May 30, 2008
I did check out the new Walmart. Don't see what the big deal is. It was a lot like Meijer. Stood in line forever at the checkout, just like Meijer. Lot's of white trash, just like Meijer. Lots of screaming kids, just like Meijers. I'll stick to Meijer cause I know where everything is.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#81 May 30, 2008
Oh, also, and too funny to watch all the fatties riding a golf cart to the store from the parking lot.

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