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Consumers may feel more confident about economy; so do Kroger and Meijer

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The University of Michigan’s preliminary reading on September consumer confidence came in at 84.6, marking the highest level in 14 months.  

Improved outlook reflected by this estimate today could mean Americans feel more comfortable about their spending.

This fall, hiring at Kroger and Meijer are on the rise, too.

Kroger has announced it will hire 20,000 permanent positions at its supermarkets, including roughly 1,800 in Michigan.

Ken McClure is the consumer communication manager at Kroger of Michigan. He says the retailer sees growth in the Michigan market.

“The reason we are doing this is because growth in this Michigan market, and we’re trying to deliver an enhanced experience for our customer,” says McClure.

Meanwhile, Meijer has also announced plans to hire 10,000 people in the coming months, nearly half of them for Michigan stores.

“In 2015, we’re going to be opening 11 new stores. We’re in a growth pattern right now … and we’re also getting ready to move into the holiday season,” says Meijer spokesman Frank Guglielmi.

Shandra Martinez of Mlive reports that Meijer has a 10% hike in planned hiring this year compared to last year.

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