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Meijer Remodel Set for October Completion

Meijer Remodel Set for October Completion

The first major remodel of the Meijer store in Lowell is set for October completion. The midsize store was built in 2001, in Lowell Township on the western part of town. The retailer uses an entire set of criteria when choosing which store to remodel. These include the age of the store, individual needs of the store and energy efficiencies.

So far, the jewelry, books and magazine sections have been updated. This will be followed by the upgrade of freezers, automotive and sporting sections. The retailer owns 196 stores in the Midwest: Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Apart from having its own brand, the retailer keeps adding new vendors.

Ada-Lowell Theater Digitally Remastered

Ada-Lowell Theater Digitally Remastered

The Goodrich Quality Theater in Lowell, which switched from reels of film to digital within the last month, sold out their first 3-D showing, a midnight premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2.

Now, the unwieldy reels several feet in diameter have been replaced by portable hard drives containing every possible version of a film, including 3-D.

Business is good at the Main Street Inn

Business is good at the Main Street Inn

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) The Main Street Inn has been open for less than a year but owner Greg Canfield says business is good.

Canfield, who is also a member of the Lowell Historic District Commission, made the comments following a recent meeting.  He presented the HDC with a proposal to add a sign on the front and side of the building. Canfield says the signs will be 15 feet in length and the block-style letters will be about 12 inches high. 

Canfield says they rented 110 rooms in the month of May and about 150 in June.  He said they are doing 'very well'.  Most of the bookings come on the weekends and are often associated with a big event like a wedding or bridal shower.  Canfield says some local businesses are also using the conference room.

Canfield during a recent wedding, visitors from Las Vegas pulled out their computer and showed-off the town live via SKYPE over the internet.

Renovations begin at Lowell Meijer

Renovations begin at Lowell Meijer

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) Where's the pop?  What happened to the fish tank? Why isn't the beer where I thought it was?  If you have been to the Lowell Meijer lately you might have been asking yourself a lot of these same questions.  The company has started a multi-million dollar renovation of the store.  The soft-drinks are moved to the back of the store right now, and the fish tank is gone.

The renovation in Lowell is one of ten Meijer is doing company wide.  The improvements will include lighting, heating and refrigeration updates. The changes will help make the store more energy efficient.  Departments are also being moved around.  Jewelry is now toward the front of the store just behind the cash registers and they've added new flooring.

The Grandville store will also undergo renovations. Meijer has stores in five states including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

City of Lowell approves tax abatement for King Milling expansion

City of Lowell approves tax abatement for King Milling expansion

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) The Lowell City Council approved a 50% tax abatement for 12 years for King Milling. It's part of a planned $11-million dollar expansion.  The mill is adding three new storage buildings for wheat and a bi-product of animal feed.

The land King Milling is planning to use is in the flood plain so the company must also obtain permits from the Department of Enviromental Quality. 

 

Superior Furniture building in Lowell gets new life

Superior Furniture building in Lowell gets new life

Spanning almost an entire city block and a century of history, the Superior Furniture building on the east of town will get a new use.

Brent and Marni Slagell of Lowell Township bought the expansive building at the beginning of June. The building has been sitting empty and on the market for the last three years. They will be using only the offices and the new part of the building for warehousing of Marni's business.

King Milling to invest 11 million into major expansion

King Milling to invest 11 million into major expansion

King Milling will invest $11 million into a major plant expansion to the existing facility in downtown Lowell. The addition will entail three new buildings, each approximately 90 feet tall. They will be duplicates to the existing concrete one sitting on the dam. The buildings will be used for storage of flour, for flour production and for storage of middlings.