GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In favor of a clean-store appearance, Meijer here has decided to pull its red racks that distribute free community publications as of March 1, the City Pulse, a Lansing, Mich. community newspaper reported Friday.
With the decision City Pulse, which has begun to lobby its readers to protest the decision, will lose distribution of about 3,000 copies per week from Meijer stores.
“Meijer made a corporate decision to remove all the racks in order to maintain a clean, consistent look in the front of our stores, which was not currently the case at most of our locations,” according to a written statement by Frank Guglielmi, director of public relations. City Pulse reported the decision was chainwide.
However, SN could not reach Meijer for clarification. A spokeswoman for Dominion Distribution, a national company based in Norfolk, Va., contracts with Meijer for space to distribute the publications, said Meijer has opted out of its contract. Publications pay monthly to be in the racks.