WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – More than 250 people will be making their morning commute to the city of West Lafayette now that the new Meijer store is open.
“We’re talking somewhere between 250 and 300 new jobs, which is phenomenal,” West Lafayette mayor John Dennis said. “That does a great deal for our local economy.”
Store director Mike McDonald said the response has been great from people looking for a job.
“We had an outstanding response to this new store coming here,” McDonald said. “Took out a lot of applications. Did a lot of interviewing. We’ve hired about 256 people so far to date and we’re continuing to look for good people here in the community.”
Dennis said the new store played a key role in annexing areas around the city.
“When we went through the process we had to do what’s called a fiscal plan and Meijer being part of that fiscal plan was a critical component,” Dennis said. “The revenue that they will be paying in taxes comes into our budget through the next fiscal cycle.”
The mayor said the new Meijer store is an anchor for future developments along the new U.S. 231 corridor.
“That’s what we are enthusiastically embracing,” Dennis said. “We know that there will be further development along the new 231 corridor and we have said all along we are going to be very selective about what comes here, but we know that because of the corridor and because of the accessibility to the stores here we will definitely have more investment in the community.”
More development means more jobs. Dennis said with the additional 256 jobs that came with Meijer and work at the Purdue Research Park the future of West Lafayette is bright.
“We are fairly healthy. Obviously we have very low unemployment because of Purdue University,” the mayor said. “Purdue University is an amazing economic engine that provides a great deal of stability for our local economy, so the city of West Lafayette does very well.”
Meijer is still has about 10 to 15 jobs to fill in the store. You can apply online or in the store.
Dennis said he hopes to announce other developments coming to the city before the end of the year.