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The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Meijer CEO Hank Meijer told Western Michigan University's annual Food Marketing Conference that his company "has plans to build stores in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Cleveland and Minneapolis in the next five years."

Meijer said that "there will be eight to 10 Meijer stores opening in the Cleveland-Akron area over the next four or five years," and while the company recently bought property in the Minneapolis area, there isn't as timetable for when it might open there.

As for Michigan Upper Peninsula, the story notes that Meijer said that the finally "getting to the U.P. where some of us have longed to be for a long time with a store opening next in Sault Ste. Marie." And the Gazette reports that "the current timeline calls for the Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie stores to open 2017, and Marquette could open as early as 2018."
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