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My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Consumers in West Michigan are more optimistic about what 2015 will bring.

In fact, consumers in this market are the most optimistic in the region, according to a new study released by Huntington Bank.  The financial firm found local residents say they are much more likely to buy a new vehicle this year; 17 percent said they plan to purchase a new car, compared to just four percent in 2014.

Home improvement stores may also be busy; 47-percent of West Michiganders surveyed for the Huntington Bank Midwest Economic Index said they were planning some home renovations for 2015, compared to 32 percent in 2014.

My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.

 

On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.

 

“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

 

My Town: Local First & Boxed GR showcase businesses in Local Treasure Holiday Box

My Town: Local First & Boxed GR showcase businesses in Local Treasure Holiday Box

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First and Boxed GR are collaborating this fall to offer the Local Treasure Holiday Box - a holiday gift box full of full-size and sample products and gift cards,  all from West Michigan retailers and specialty service providers.

The box’s contents are valued at more than $350, but only cost $32, making this limited edition gift a smart and easy way to give local goodies to those who love all things Michigan.

Unwrap the following items in the box:

Godwin Hardware offers plumbing skills

Godwin Hardware offers plumbing skills

(WYOMING) - Godwin Hardware is offering you the chance to learn some basic plumbing skills.

Join us for our annual free hands-on plumbing clinic where licensed plumber Brian Vance teaches how to repair the most common plumbing problems. We'll have snacks and a drawing for great prizes!

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility
Todd Wenzel announced today that they have purchased the 29th Street property where they will begin remodeling the 34,000 square foot building to house their Collision and Appearance Center; currently located at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC on 28th Street. The dealer group plans to also move their centralized Business Development Center or BDC to the second floor of the building. By relocating the current body shop to 2700 29th St., Todd Wenzel Buick GMC will be able to improve the dealership’s quality of customer service and increase work flow. “We have recognized for some time now that our Buick and GMC business is greatly expanding and the 28th St. facility is bursting at the seams,” Wenzel said, “This expansion will provide much needed relief and allow for additional mechanical service growth.

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

 

WALKER, Mich.—  A Walker-based retail store is hiring thousands more workers ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer recently announced it plans to hire more than 10,000 additional employees for stores in five states. Nearly half of the new hires, approximately 4,800 people, will happen in Michigan. The additional employees are needed to cover duties newly opened stores, as well as the upcoming busy holiday shopping season.  Meijer opened or is opening nine new stores in 2014; the retailer plans to open additional locations in 2015.

The openings will be for a variety of positions, from cashiers to meat cutting.  The majority of positions will be part time and seasonal.  Interested candidates can apply online on Meijer’s website

Meijer currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

My Town: Ada Farmers Market returns Tuesday, July 1

My Town: Ada Farmers Market returns Tuesday, July 1

ADA, Mich.—The Ada Farmers Market will welcome shoppers for a fourth week this season on Tuesday, July 1.

Approximately three dozen vendors will be showcasing their foods and wares.

The market is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. through October 28.  Visitors can find ample parking on site at The Community Church, located at 7239 Thornapple River Drive.  For more information, visit the Ada Farmers Market website here.