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Thursday, January 27, 2022 1:00 am


New Meijer on Dupont will hire 300

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Meijer on Wednesday said it wants to hire for 300 part-time and full-time positions at its supercenter under construction at 4242 E. Dupont Road.

The Michigan-based retailer would not say what the average starting wage typically is; weekly pay is based on experience and skills, a news release said.

Meijer offers a range of benefits, and the supercenter, which will be one of four in Allen County, is expected to open in late spring. 

The new local store will be about 155,000 square feet, the design of recent builds, spokesman Joe Hirschmugl said. Other Meijer stores in the area are closer to 195,000 square feet.

Anthem conservative about future earnings

Anthem is starting 2022 with lower expectations than Wall Street for how the year will play out.

On Wednesday, the Blue Cross-Blue Shield health insurer laid out earnings, revenue and enrollment projections that all fell short of average analyst expectations. Its stock slipped 2.45%.

The health insurer expects enrollment to grow, especially in Medicare Advantage, the privately run version of the federal government's coverage program. But it also anticipates some increased costs as the customers start using their coverage.

New homes still rising

Sales of new single-family homes in December rose to their highest level in 10 months as buyers snapped up cheaper homes in anticipation of higher interest rates.

The Commerce Department reported that the increase put the seasonally adjusted annual sales pace to 811,000 for the month, an 11.9% increase from November's figure, which was revised down to 725,000 from 744,000. The median price of a new home fell to $377,700 last month, its lowest level since June.

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