US grocer Meijer has opened the firm's first smaller format, grocery-focused store in Chicago.

Situated in the suburb of Niles, the store is around half the size of the majority of Meijer supercenters at 102,000 sq ft.

The store is grocery and pharmacy focused and will be the 12th Meijer store in Chicago.

"For several years, we have worked hard throughout the Midwest to offer specific grocery items that are relevant to the unique customer base in the communities we service," said Meijer president Mark Murray."The Niles community is represented by a variety of cultures, and we are thrilled to be able to serve such a diverse community."

Meijer said it will expand the concept with the building of a second store in Orland Park, Illinois.

Construction will begin in the coming weeks and includes a "full renovation" of a currently vacant retail site. The opening is planned for later this year and will create up to 150 jobs.