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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 Greenville: Volunteers needed for Holiday Shop Dec. 16-18

My Town Greenville: Volunteers needed for Holiday Shop Dec. 16-18

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Baldwin Heights Elementary School is in need of volunteers to help pull off its Holiday Shop for students.

From Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, children may shop for gifts in the media center.  This year’s items will be priced from $0.50 to $10 with 80 percent of the items under $4. 

Volunteers are needed to help students budget their money, shop with younger students and to help run the shop.  For additional information or to sign up, click here. 

My Town Belding: Citywide garage sale starts Sept. 19

My Town Belding: Citywide garage sale starts Sept. 19

BELDING, Mich.—Bargain hunters beware- a citywide garage sale is happening in Belding this weekend.

The event will take place Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20 on 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The city will provide maps for free to interested sellers. 

Each map includes the location of registered garage sale sites, as well as some of the items at each sale.

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 Belding: Registration deadline nears for citywide garage sale

My Town Belding: Registration deadline nears for citywide garage sale

BELDING, Mich.—Bargain hunters beware- a citywide garage sale is coming to Belding.

The event will take place Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20 on 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on .

City officials are putting together maps of each registered garage sale location; each registered seller must pay $5 to appear on the map. The registration fee also covers advertising and a brief description of each garage sale.

The deadline for registration is 4 p.m. Sept. 15.  For a registration form, visit City Hall.