Meijer Eliminates 350 Jobs

    GRAND RAPIDS — Meijer Inc. has announced that it will make “transformational changes” to its corporate structure resulting in the elimination of approximately 350 positions.

    In an announcement that caused a stir in the community and in the Meijer work force, company officials announced that cuts would be made to supervisory and administrative positions at its corporate offices, distribution centers and field staff offices in the five-state region in which it operates.

    Most of the eliminated positions affect people working at the company’s Walker and Plainfield offices and are expected to be steps toward increasing the company’s competitive position in the “supercenter” discount store industry.

    Company officials began notifying affected team members early this morning with face-to-face personal meetings.

    All affected Meijer employees will be provided a separation package, which includes wage continuation, out-placement services and an option for health care continuation, officials said.           

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