Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer Meijer Inc., which plans to open several stores in southeastern Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker announced this week.
Meijer is expanding the former Supervalu distribution center in Pleasant Prairie. Once work is completed, the 770,000-square-foot facility is expected to employ 271 full-time workers and 42 part-time employees.
Meijer Distribution Inc., is eligible for up to $5.25 million in tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) over the next eight years. The actual amount of the credits will be contingent upon the number of jobs created.
Meijer is investing $146 million to purchase, remodel and expand the former Supervalu facility.
“Meijer’s decision to operate in Pleasant Prairie is another strong signal that Kenosha County is the premier location for new investment in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor,” added Todd Battle, President of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA). “This is a major investment by a strong company with an incredible brand, a great history, and bright future.”
KABA is currently working with Meijer, Gateway Technical College, and the Kenosha County Job Center to help the company meet its hiring needs for the new facility.