Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer with supercenters in five Midwestern states, will invest more than $75 million in a major remodel project for stores in Michigan and Ohio, with eight Michigan stores benefiting from this new initiative. The announcement was made by Hank Meijer, Co-Chairman and CEO of the company.

These remodel projects include a variety of specific enhancements both inside and outside the store such as lighting, heating, refrigeration, exterior lighting and parking lot maintenance. Additionally, the introduction of newer technology in key areas during the remodel process results in reduced energy usage and a more energy-efficient store.

Meijer also plans to open two new stores in 2011. These include a 192,000 square foot supercenter in Stevensville, Michigan, and Meijer's third "small format" store, which will be located in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park.  These two new stores represent an investment of more than $25 million and will create as many as 400 full and part-time jobs.

"We are pleased to reinforce our commitment to these communities," said Meijer. "Our customers expect high standards from us, and our investment in these stores will ensure they continue to receive our best."

This initiative focuses on 10 stores in key locations throughout Michigan and Ohio. Planning has already begun in a number of stores and project completion is slated for the end of the year.

Since 2006, Meijer has opened 30 new stores and remodeled more than 60 others. This has resulted in the creation of more than 10,000 jobs and millions of dollars of tax revenue pumped into local communities.