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My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Many Chase Bank customers will have to travel farther to attend to their accounts in person.

At least a dozen Chase Bank branches at Meijer stores are closing, after both companies agreed to cut ties. In a response sent to WZZM 13, a spokesperson for Meijer says “circumstances have changed and we mutually agreed to end the relationship.”  The decision comes just a couple years after Meijer announced Huntington Bank branches would be opening at some of its stores.

The following Chase Bank branches are expected to close:

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: 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: Beauty schools collect donations for domestic violence victims

My Town: Beauty schools collect donations for domestic violence victims

WALKER, Mich.—Three West Michigan beauty schools are joining a nationwide drive to help victims of domestic abuse.

Throughout this month, Empire Beauty Schools in My Town Grand Rapids North, My Town Walker and My Town Kalamazoo are collecting donations, including food, clothes, home cleaning and beauty supplies.  The Empire Gives Back campaign involves all 110 Empire schools in 21 states.

“We are thrilled to be able to support these local programs making a difference in the communities throughout our footprint,” says Frank Schoeneman, chairman and CEO of Empire Education Group.  “Through the efforts of our Empire Gives Back campaign we are supporting thousands of women and children affected by domestic abuse.  We are proud to be able to help these families rebuild their lives.”

At Home ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 20

At Home ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 20

JENISON, Mich.—A new store in Jenison will celebrate its recent opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Feb. 20.

According to the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce, the ceremony at At Home comes the same day as the retailer’s Kalamazoo store opens at 4620 Stadium Drive.  The At Home Jenison store is located at 334 Chicago Drive, in the former Target storefront.

At Home opened to shoppers on Jan. 23.  The Home Décor Superstore is operated by Garden Ridge, a Texas-based retail chain.  Store manager Christopher Scholle says At Home is a new store concept for Garden Ridge.

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials: