GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Michigan-based Meijer Inc. says around one-third of a planned $400 million investment will be pumped into Indiana locations. The retailer is building two new supercenters and remodeling six others in Indiana.

The new locations will be in Indianapolis and Evansville and are expected to employ up to 300 full and part-timers. Three stores in Indy, two in Fort Wayne and one in New Albany will receive upgrades as part of the company's estimated $130 million investment in the state. Meijer is also building new or upgrading centers in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

Chief Executive Officer Hank Meijer says "we will continue our process of slow, steady growth. This plan has allowed us to remain focused on our customers and team members, while growing our business and ensuring we continue to innovate in the marketplace."

The retailer currently operates 224 supercenters and grocery stores throughout the Midwest, including 33 stores in Indiana and a Fort Wayne distribution facility.