Meijer’s under-construction Stow supercenter will open May 14, the retailer announced Monday.
Meijer will open two other Northeast Ohio locations the same day, in Avon and in Mentor.
The Stow store is at 25225 Kent Road (state Route 59) in the Stow-Kent Shopping Center.
The three new stores are the chain's first in the Greater Cleveland and Akron areas. Meijer has 39 locations in the state, mostly in the Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo areas.
The stores have 155,000 square feet and feature groceries, fresh produce, a bakery, pharmacy and other merchandise, including clothing, electronics and a garden center. They will be open 24 hours.
Meijer began hiring earlier this year for the Stow location, which will have about 250 employees, according to a company spokesman.
“We're extremely excited to open the doors to our newest stores here in Northeast Ohio,” Tom Wilson, regional vice president, said in a prepared statement.
The opening of the Meijer store is bringing new life to a previously dying retail strip in Stow.
The Stow-Kent Shopping Center was a major shopping destination from 1959 until the 1990s. But the growth of modern retail around it and the fact that much of the complex is far from the street has conspired against efforts to rejuvenate it. Much of the plaza had been vacant for more than a decade.
In 2014, a developer had plans to turn it into a residential neighborhood when Meijer showed interest.
Meijer's opening day will feature ribbon-cutting ceremonies at all three stores, followed by special promotions starting May 19.
The family-operated company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, got its start in 1934 and became a pioneer of the supercenter concept in 1962. It opened its first Ohio store just outside of Columbus in 1981.
Meijer employs about 10,000 people statewide, and its Ohio operations include a Tipp City distribution center.
It currently has 240 supercenters in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.