The store will hire about 85 workers, Archer said, and nearby residents will be encouraged to apply for the jobs.

It will be the third and the smallest Meijer store to open in Detroit city limits. The first, a full-size Meijer supercenter, opened in 2013 on 8 Mile, and the second supercenter arrived in 2015 on the site of the old Redford High School at Grand River and McNichols.

Archer said his partners in the East Jefferson project are Bloomfield Hills-based Lormax Stern Development Co. and Jefferson Tower LLC.

The 2-acre East Jefferson site was once occupied by commercial buildings that were demolished in the 1960s, as well as the old University Club fraternal organization, which closed years ago and was demolished after a 2013 fire. 

A Meijer representative did not respond to a request for comment.

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