Meijer is a pioneer of one-stop shop retail stores. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Meijer stores include large fresh produce and meat departments, general grocery departments, a bakery, a pharmacy, apparel departments, home goods, a garden center, hardware and automotive departments, toys, sporting goods, pet supplies, electronics, and more. In addition, Meijer has a “Made in Michigan” section, carries a large selection of Michigan made wines and craft beers, and focuses on carrying higher quality items at affordable prices.
Meijer has a history of innovation, and some of the important milestones include:
Hendrik Meijer along with his 14 year old son Fred Meijer, opened the first Meijer’s Grocery in the front of his barber shop to provide his customers with affordable groceries during the Great Depression. By 1936 the store had doubled in size.
Meijer is among the first stores to offer shopping carts, making the shopping process faster, easier, and more convenient for customers.
Meijer opened its 2nd store in downtown Cedar Springs, MI, which later closed in the 1960’s. However, four decades later, Meijer returned to Cedar Springs in 2009 with the debut of a new, more efficient, one-stop shop store layout which carries groceries and a smaller selection of general merchandise.
Meijer introduces automated conveyor belts to checkout lanes to provide faster and better customer service.
On June 6, 1962 Meijer opened the nation’s first retail supercenter on 28th Street in Grand Rapids, MI called Meijer “Thrifty Acres”. The birth of this supercenter concept would later become a retail phenomenon.
Meijer celebrates its 50th anniversary as the original supercenter with a customer appreciation picnic in June 2012 at the 28th Street Meijer store.
Today Meijer is established in 6 states in the Midwest including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin, with a total of over 200 retail locations.
Commitment to Family and Community
Excellent customer service and respect for team members are values that guided Hendrik Meijer more than 80 years ago when he opened the first Meijer store, and they remain a large part of the company’s core values throughout the years as it evolved; from son Fred Meijer, to grandsons and co-chairmen Hank Meijer and Doug Meijer. Meijer’s core values are driven by:
- Meeting customer needs and exceeding their expectations
- Continuous innovation and improving to be better than the competition
- Creating a family atmosphere and strengthening local communities
- Focus on fresh food
- Creating a safe and healthy environment for team members and offering healthy lifestyle products for customers
These values are demonstrated through excellent customer service, low prices, quality foods and large selections local, national, and Meijer brand items. Meijer also supports many community events and donates more than 6 percent of its profit to charities each year.
Meijer is more than just a supercenter. Meijer is a family-owned Michigan company that understands the importance of supporting local communities, and is committed to making the communities they serve better places to live, work and play. Join us in congratulating Meijer on a successful 80+ years!