Area's first Meijer store opens

A grand opening ceremony is held at Meijer's store in Howard May 16, 2017. (WLUK/Mike Raasch)

HOWARD (WLUK) -- Meijer's Howard location is now open, and the retailer is already looking at adding more stores in the area.

Following a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning, people were able to go in and check things out.

The 192,000-square-foot store is on Shawano Avenue, and will be open 24 hours a day.

"For the next few years, Wisconsin will be a big part of our future," company chairman Hank Meijer said. "Green Bay feels very natural. I could almost say we had to go through Chicago and Milwaukee to get across Lake Michigan, but otherwise this feels like home."

Meijer also opened a West Bend location today, which is near Milwaukee. The company says it is on track to open stores in Grand Chute and Manitowoc, and is also hoping to open a store in Bellevue.

Meijer is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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