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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:

Lowell: Girls Night Out 'Zombie Chicks'

Lowell: Girls Night Out 'Zombie Chicks'

 

Thursday, October 16th - 5 pm to 10 pm

 

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 Lowell: 'Kickin' It On Main Street' a win-win for local business and schools

My Town Lowell: 'Kickin' It On Main Street' a win-win for local business and schools

LOWELL, Mich.—Eight businesses lining Main Street are throwing their support behind Lowell Schools with a new campaign called “Kickin’ It On Main Street”. 

Each month, the businesses will donate to one school or school program.  The donation amount will be determined by members and supports of the school or club who shop at the participating merchants.  Each customer can earn 10 percent for their group by mentioning their involvement with the program when they step up to the cash register.

"We realize that schools have been hit hard the last few years in terms of funding," said Cliff Yankovich of Chimera Design. "We felt it was important for Main Street merchants to give back to the community that keeps us in business. We also welcome the opportunity to demonstrate to the kids that shopping at local businesses can be beneficial to the community as a whole - Amazon.com is not going to help the Band Boosters or the Robotics Team in Lowell."

My Town: May Day marks opening day for Lowell business

My Town: May Day marks opening day for Lowell business

LOWELL, Mich.— May Day is also opening day for a family-owned business in Lowell.

Bakers have been busy at Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery, as they prepare a fresh set of treats for visitors.  While it’s too early for vegetables and fruits, the business is selling flowers by the basketful.

Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery is located at 11999 Cascade.  For more information, visit the business’ website here.