Alumni of Redford High School Detroit gather in front of a plaque commemorating the site of the now demolished campus Meijer

Alumni of Redford High School, Detroit, gather in front of a plaque commemorating the site of the now demolished campus.

Superstore opens at site of former high school in Detroit

Redford High School, which closed in 2007, was razed and has been replaced by a Meijer Supercenter.

A 200,000-square-foot superstore has opened in Detroit on the site of a former high school.

Meijer, a grocery and general merchandise store chain based in Grand Rapids, Mich., opened the supercenter on Thursday, eight years after the Detroit district closed Redford High School.

The school opened in 1921 and at one time had as many as 4,100 students. It was one of many Detroit public schools closed in 2007 as the system struggled with financial woes and steadily plummeting enrollment numbers.

After sitting vacant for several years, the 26-acre campus was sold in 2011 to Meijer for $2 million.

The store site includes a commemorative plaque noting its connection to Redford High School.

Video: An aerial view of the former Redford High that shows some of the campus being demolished.

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