The Meijer at 8 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue was the first national grocery store chain to open in Detroit in two decades. Now, a year later, the entire development is going gangbusters.
While Meijer is the anchor store in the “Gateway Marketplace,” its developer has managed to bring in a Marshalls, K&G clothing store, Payless Shoes, Starbucks, Petco a Foot Locker and more.
“When you come down at certain times of the day you can tell how busy it is. The lot is always filled,” said Robert Mills.
The new stores have brought new jobs and convenience to Detroit residents who don’t have to leave the city for groceries.
“This is great. Great to see things hopping around here,” said Sean Drate.
Across town, work is going on at the site of the old Redford High School on Grand River where Meijer is building its second Detroit store. It's expected to open in 2015.