Meijer asks customers to avoid openly carrying guns in stores

    Meijer | Susan J. Demas

    One of the Midwest’s largest grocery and general merchandise retailers has joined the growing list of companies asking customers to refrain from openly carrying weapons in their stores. 

    Walker-based chain Meijer announced on Monday evening that it will be asking guests at its more than 200 stores around the Midwest. 

    “The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority, so we respectfully request that our customers do not open carry firearms at Meijer,” the company wrote in a tweet. “We’ve made this decision because open carry can create an environment that makes our customers and team members feel unsafe.”

    Meijer is joining a slew of other companies in asking customers to avoid openly displaying guns in their stores. Among them are Walmart, Kroger and Walgreens. 

    The New York Times on Monday reported on the trend of retailers asking — but not explicitly banning — customers from open carry and the fine line they walk in doing so. 

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    The trend of private companies asking customers not to open carry has ramped up in recent weeks in the wake of multiple mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, one of which occurred in a Walmart store in El Paso.

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.


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