The creator of the grocery supercenter has died
Fred Meijer, age 91
Her created the first Supercenter in his Meijer Thrifty Acres, and opened up a shopping experience where you could pick up an oil filter, a set of queen-sized bedsheets, and a bag of hamster bedding along with your rack of lamb, beer, package of arugula and other grocery needs. (And don't forget to pick up an ice cream cone at the Purple Cow ice cream bar on the way out.)
He apparently turned down more than one offer from Walmart who tried to buy him out and then copied his supercenter format.
It's still a family run business, started out of western Michigan. Over the years, I've come to be a regular customer --- way improved produce, one stop shopping, and Michigan owned. He did a lot for the Grand Rapids area and Michigan in general as a philanthropist. RIP Fred Meijer.
I just read this online in the Grand Rapids Press. We moved from West Michigan to Colorado almost 5 years and still occasionally will say "We need to go to Meijers". More than once we saw Mr. Meijer greeting customers entering one of his stores. He and Lena did so much for the community and the state. The Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park was one of our favorite places to visit and we enjoyed many concerts out there in the summer. Rest in Peace Mr. Meijer.