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Encyclopedia > Fred Meyer
Fred Meyer, Inc.
Type Hypermarket Grocery/Department store
Founded 1922 (Portland, Oregon)
Headquarters Portland, Oregon
Key people Michael Ellis, president
Industry Retail
Products Food, clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, electronics, toys, lumber, garden supplies and housewares.
Parent Kroger
Website www.fredmeyer.com

Fred Meyer, Inc is an American company founded in 1922 in Portland, Oregon by Fred G. Meyer. The company was one of the pioneers of the retail supercenter or hypermarket format of store, and has locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to the company's merger with Kroger it traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FMY. Although the company is now a division of The Kroger Company, Fred Meyer and the western region of Kroger are still headquartered in Portland. Fred Meyer is sometimes known as "Freddy’s", a nickname the company has used in its advertising and for its mascot, Fred Bear.[1][2] For a number of years the company has used the marketing jingle, Whats on your list today? You'll find it at Fred Meyer! in print, radio and television advertising. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 164 pixel Image in higher resolution (1724 × 353 pixel, file size: 26 KB, MIME type: image/png) This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Packaged food aisles of Fred Meyer in Portland, Oregon In commerce, a hypermarket or multi-department store is a superstore which combines a supermarket and a department store. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... A drawing of a self-service store Retailing consists of the sale of goods/merchandise for personal or household consumption either from a fixed location such as a department store or kiosk, or away from a fixed location and related subordinated services (Definition of the WTO (last page). ... A holding company is a company that owns part, all, or a majority of other companies outstanding stock. ... Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... For the unrelated chain of hypermarkets that is owned by Kroger, see Fred Meyer. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Fred G. Meyer (born February 21, 1886–died 1978) was a pioneering U.S. retailer. ... Packaged food aisles of Fred Meyer in Portland, Oregon In commerce, a hypermarket or multi-department store is a superstore which combines a supermarket and a department store. ... The Pacific Northwest from space The Pacific Northwest, abbreviated PNW, or PacNW is a region in the northwest of North America. ... Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...

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History

A typical Fred Meyer store of the 1990s
Packaged food aisles of Fred Meyer in Portland at Interstate and Lombard
Packaged food aisles of Fred Meyer in Portland at Interstate and Lombard

Fred Meyer, originally of New York City, opened his first public market at the corner of Fifth and Yamhill in downtown Portland, OR in 1922. In 1928, Mr. Meyer opened the first self-service drug store. In 1931, he opened his first suburban one-stop shopping center in the Hollywood District of Portland, a neighborhood he deliberately chose through a shrewd and prescient application of market research: he would pay customers' overtime parking tickets that they incurred while shopping at his downtown store, just to obtain their home addresses. The store's innovations included a grocery store alongside a drug store plus general merchandise, off street parking, gasoline station, and—eventually—apparel. In the 1960's Fred Meyer entered the Seattle market by acquiring Seattle based Marketime Drugs. Fred Meyer also acquired a Spokane based grocery wholesaler called The Roundup Company. Roundup owned no stores in Spokane but owned Kalispell, Montana based B & B stores in Northwest Montana and Consumer Warehouse Foods in Soap Lake, WA. About 1968 the first full fledged Fred Meyer in the Seattle area was opened in Lynnwood, WA. It was also the largest Fred Meyer for about a decade. In 1975, after several decades of growth in the Portland area, Fred Meyer purchased the Pacific Northwest-based Valu Mart. Valu Mart had been renamed Leslies about a year or two before the sale to Fred Meyer. In 1975, Fred Meyer opened their first stores in Alaska as a result of acquiring Leslies/Valu Mart. Fred Meyer changed the Leslies/Valu Mart stores to the Fred Meyer banner at that time. As the Fred Meyer name became more well known in the Seattle area, the Marketime Drug chain became known as Fred Meyer-Marketime. In 1977, Marketime was renamed Fred Meyer. Also in the early to mid 1980's, the Northwest Montana B&B stores also took on the Fred Meyer name. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 1132 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 1132 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2790x1835, 3225 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Supermarket Wikipedia:Featured pictures Hypermarket Fred Meyer User talk:DarkSideOfTheSpoon Wikipedia:Featured pictures/Places/Interiors Wikipedia:Featured pictures... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2790x1835, 3225 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Supermarket Wikipedia:Featured pictures Hypermarket Fred Meyer User talk:DarkSideOfTheSpoon Wikipedia:Featured pictures/Places/Interiors Wikipedia:Featured pictures... The Hollycock District (originally Hollyrod, after the Scottish Holyrood) is a neighborhood of NE Portland, Oregon named for its historic 1920s era Hollycock Theatre. ... Kalispell is a city in Flathead County, Montana, USA. The population was 14,223 at the 2000 census. ... This article is about the U.S. grocery chain. ... Country United States State Washington County Snohomish Government  - Mayor Don Gough Area  - City 7. ... Official language(s) None[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ...


On September 2, 1978, Mr. Meyer died at the age of 92. Mr. Meyer played a huge role in the day to day operation of his company until his death is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1982, the company was purchased by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in what was one of KKR's first major leveraged buyouts. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (commonly referred to as KKR) is a New York City-based private equity firm that focuses primarily on late stage leveraged buyouts. ...


Acquisitions

In 1985 Fred Meyer acquired Grand Central of Salt Lake City, Utah. The Grand Central stores in Utah and Idaho were converted to Fred Meyer stores, although most did not receive full supermarket departments until the mid 1990s. Grand Central may refer to: Grand Central Terminal - a train station in Manhattan, New York, USA Grand Central Station - a train station in Chicago; also the name of the predecessor to Grand Central Terminal (following Grand Central Depot) in Manhattan, New York. ... Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. ... Official language(s) English [1] Capital Boise Largest city Boise Largest metro area Boise metropolitan area Area  Ranked 14th  - Total 83,642 sq mi (216,632 km²)  - Width 305 miles (491 km)  - Length 479 miles (771 km)  - % water 0. ...


In 1997, Fred Meyer Inc. acquired Smith's Food and Drug of Salt Lake City, though both companies maintained separate operations. In 1998, Fred Meyer acquired Ralphs Grocery Company of Los Angeles, California, and QFC of Seattle, Washington. Both acquisitions also maintained separate operations with Fred Meyer, Inc. as the holding company. In that fast string of mergers, Fred Meyer quickly became the nation's fifth largest food and drug store operator with leading market shares in most western markets. Smiths Food and Drug, commonly known as Smiths, is a leading chain of supermarkets in the Intermountain and Southwest regions of the United States. ... A Ralphs Marketplace in Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, California Ralphs Grocery Company is a major supermarket chain in the Southern California area. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Categories: Stub | Retail companies of the United States | Supermarkets in the United States ... Seattle redirects here. ...


Merger with Kroger

In May of 1999 Fred Meyer, Inc. merged with Kroger of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2000, the Arizona Fred Meyer stores, all of which were formerly Smitty's stores that Fred Meyer acquired in the Smith's merger, were rebranded as Fry's Marketplace. In 2004, Smith's Food and Drug assumed the operations of the Utah Fred Meyer stores, which were rebranded as Smith's Marketplace. Also, slowly but surely, since the acquisition of the Fred Meyer Company, Kroger has been unifying standards across the company. Kroger is adapting many of the Fred Meyer store standards, and implementing their own standards to the Fred Meyer stores. Kroger and Fred Meyer stores are slowly becoming more similar in management, and merchandising standards. Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Greater Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Frys Food & Drug Stores is a grocery store chain that has huge presence in the state of Arizona. ... Smiths Food and Drug, commonly known as Smiths, is a leading chain of supermarkets in the Intermountain and Southwest regions of the United States. ...


Locations

Fred Meyer currently operates 128 stores divided into seven merchandising zones as well as an online special order site for their postal prescription service, online photo ordering, online music/movie/video game sales through partner The Store 24/7, and an Alaska bush fulfillment center allowing those in remote areas of the state to shop Fred Meyer. The zones represent geographical areas of the Northwest, including: West Portland (Zone 1), SW Washington/East Portland (Zone 2), The Remaining Outskirts of Oregon (Outer Ring) (Zone 3), North Puget Sound (Zone 4), South Puget Sound (Zone 5), Idaho/Eastern Washington (Zone 6), and Alaska (Zone 7). Each "zone" is made up of about twenty stores and has its own administrative team of regional directors. An e-tailer is a retailer that primarily uses the Internet as a medium for customers to shop for the goods or services provided. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


Store design

Fred Meyer stores are well known for their huge floor space. To compete, other supermarket chains operating in the northwest (like Safeway) often build stores that are much larger than their standard store format. Packaged food aisles in a Fred Meyer store in Portland, Oregon A supermarket is a departmentalized self-service store offering a wide variety of food and household merchandise. ... This article is about article is about the US-based corporation. ...

A Fred Meyer with a Starbucks location inside
A Fred Meyer with a Starbucks location inside

A typical store is divided into four major departments: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

  • An apparel (ALE) and leisure division with shoe (some full service; most self-serve), women's and men's ready-to-wear, intimate, cosmetics, accessories, and young men's/junior's department called "Elements". In most stores, ALE has anywhere from three to six checkstands of its own; these checkstands (and their cashiers) belong to a section known as SG2 (an abbreviation of "Soft Goods").
  • A grocery (FOD/GRO) which includes a Nutrition Center, Health and Beauty Aids department and Pet Center as well as full-service meat, seafood, deli, produce, and bakery areas. FOD also manages the Bottle Return found in most Fred Meyer parking lots.
  • A home division (HOM) featuring toy, stationery, sports and auto, home improvement, garden, furniture, and bed & bath areas and a special area for seasonal merchandise. Fuel centers (SPG) are part of the HOM department. Many locations have checkstands in the HOM department; these checkstands belong to a section known as HG2 (an abbreviation of "Home & Garden"), some locations provide a HOM U-Scan as well.
  • Additionally, most Fred Meyer stores possess an Operations (OPS) department, which is responsible for the main bank of checkstands or 'central checkout' (CCK); the Customer Service Desk (CSD), also known as the Customer Information Desk, or CID, where services such as Western Union, Fish & Game licenses, bus passes, tobacco sales, and merchandise returns/exchanges are offered; U-Scan (a customer self checkout option) and the parking lot. In some stores these areas are a section (known as GR2 - an abbreviation of "Grocery") of the grocery (FOD/GRO) department. Playland, a child-care center provided free of charge for shoppers at some locations is also a division of the Operations department.

Home electronics (PEM) departments offer a high tech selection including computers, televisions, etc. as well as a photo station and a music market for CDs, movies, and video games. Most stores also include an outlet of Fred Meyer's jewelery chain, Fred Meyer Jewelers, and a pharmacy. Girls wearing formal attire for dancing, an example of one of the many modern forms of clothing. ... A shoe is an item of footwear worn on the foot or feet of a human, dog, cat, horse, or doll. ... Assorted lingerie styles. ... “Make-up” redirects here. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... The Nutrition Facts table indicates the amounts of nutrients which experts recommend you limit or consume in adequate amounts. ... The word delicatessen designates a kind of food store. ... Bakery foods A baker is someone who bakes and sells bread, cakes and similar foods. ... A woman operates the FastLane self checkout by NCR at a Wal-Mart store. ... Western Union (NYSE: WU) is a financial services and communications company based in the United States. ... Shredded tobacco leaf for pipe smoking Tobacco can also be pressed into plugs and sliced into flakes Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. ... A woman operates the FastLane self checkout by NCR at a Wal-Mart store. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... The tower of a personal computer. ... A piece of photographic film that has been exposed to light in a controlled manner must be developed before it can be used. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... “Computer and video games” redirects here. ... Fred Meyer Jewelers is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fred Meyer, Inc. ... For other uses, see Pharmacy (disambiguation). ...


In some stores' parking lots an FM Fuel Center is added. Modern gas station A filling station, gas station or petrol station is a facility that sells fuel for road motor vehicles – usually petrol (US: gas/gasoline), diesel fuel and LPG. The term gas station is mostly particular to the United States of America and Canada, where petrol is known...


Most Fred Meyer stores lease peripheral retail space to other businesses. For example, an average store in Oregon and Washington would have a Hollywood Video store and a Washington Mutual Bank branch, and a locksmith in the store's parking lot. Many stores also house a Starbucks Coffee outlet, (some of which are) operated by Fred Meyer under contract. Other locations include a Starbucks operated outlet in an outside tenancy, while Fred Meyer operates a Tully's Coffee, or Kivu Coffee bar inside as an extension of the Multi-Service-Deli. Movie Gallery, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is the second largest movie and game rental company in the United States, behind Blockbuster Video. ... “WaMu” redirects here. ... Locksmithing is the science and art of making and defeating locks. ... For other meanings of the name Starbuck, see Starbuck A Starbucks coffee shop in Leeds, England Starbucks ( NASDAQ: SBUX) is a large multinational chain of coffee shops, often serving desserts, with a reputation in the US as a center for socializing, particularly among students and young urban professionals. ... Tullys Coffee is a specialty coffee retailer and wholesaler based in Seattle, Washington. ...


In Alaska, all Fred Meyer locations contain Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branches, except the Palmer location. Many other locations throughout the chain lease space to a Washington Mutual Bank branch. Official language(s) None[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ...


Department structure

The store is managed by a store director (and one or two assistant directors if they are a management training store). Each department is run by a manager, an assistant manager, and often a third or a fourth manager, depending upon the size of the department. In addition to the management staff, persons-in-charge (PIC) are non-management supervisors who assume management duties and responsibilities for the duration of a shift, but are otherwise level with co-workers. In the major divisions (ALE, HOM, FOD) Sectionheads or Department managers are responsible for a given section of the department.


Employees

Fred Meyer Employs anywhere from 50-300 Employees at any given time. During mid-day, usually you will find around 100 employees working at one time within an average Fred Meyer Location. Employee Benefits range, depending on the position an individual holds, how many hours per month/week that employee works, and whether or not that store/department of a store belongs to a union or not. All employees receive Employee Rewards cards that double as Employee Discount cards. Discounts range from 10% - 20% depending on which department goods are purchased from. A typical Fred Meyer store has job opportunities available on a weekly basis, depending on employees retiring, getting promoted, quitting, or being terminated. Many job opportunities also become available on whether a store becomes busier, due to nearby businesses or the addition of new departments or fuel stations. As of recently, the Fred Meyer store chain switched to an online employment system, powered by Unicru, which can be found at http://www.fredmeyer.com.


Alternate store formats

Not all Fred Meyer stores conform to the conventional hypermarket format that the majority of stores do. While still department-style stores, Fred Meyer has two additional formats for stores too small to fit the vast space requirements of those in more eclectic neighborhoods.


Fred Meyer Marketplace

Fred Meyer Marketplace is a comparatively compact Fred Meyer, centered on a full service grocery section, with many of the other departments missing or considerably smaller than a full size Fred Meyer store. These are usually older locations in more central locations in Portland, with limited, often unique parking arrangements (like the Burlingame location's multistory parking garage, or the rooftop parking at the Hawthorne location). Most Marketplace stores in the Seattle area were once standard supermarkets that have been acquired from other grocers. Image File history File links Fredmey. ... “Parking garage” redirects here. ...


Some marketplace locations are early examples of Fred Meyer in its typical mall format, being the anchor store in a small Fred Meyer shopping center. Locations from this early era are typified by having the lawn and garden department in a different building immediately across the street or parking lot. For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see pedestrian street or promenade. ... In retail, an anchor store, or draw tenant, is one of the larger stores in a shopping mall, usually a department store in a major retail chain, such as Macys or JCPenney. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Fred Meyer Northwest Best

Fred Meyer Northwest Best is the company's "new concept" store in upscale Northwest Portland near PGE Park. It was converted from the Fred Meyer Stadium Marketplace in 2004 to compete against newly arrived retailers such as the Pearl District Whole Foods Market and Northwest Portland Trader Joe's. Fred Meyer also has Northwest Best stores in Gig Harbor, Washington and Redmond, Washington. PGE Park (formerly Civic Stadium, a name still used by locals; originally Multnomah Stadium) is a stadium located in Portland, Oregon. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pearl District is a former warehouse and light industrial area just north of downtown Portland, Oregon. ... Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI) is an Austin, Texas-based natural foods grocer, which, as of July 5, 2007, consisted of 196[3] locations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. ... Trader Joes is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Location of Redmond within King County, and King County within Washington. ...


Private label brands

Fred Meyer employs Kroger's manufacturing by adding its own private label brands alongside national brand products. Aside from products labeled Kroger or Fred Meyer, one might also find the following brands at a Fred Meyer store: Kivu, Everyday Living (and the more upscale eL²), F°M°V ("For Maximum Value"), Moto Tech, Private Selection, HD Designs, Splash Spa, and Naturally Preferred. Former brands associated with Fred Meyer were My-T-Fine, Presidents Choice, F. G. Meyer First Choice, Personal Choice, and Perfect Choice. For Maximum Value (or FMV) is a store brand sold by Kroger. ... Presidents Choice (or PC) is the upscale private label brand of Loblaw Companies Limited, covering a wide variety of food, drinks and other products. ...


Rewards Program

Since Approximately 2001, Fred Meyer has initiated a program paying customers for shopping within their stores. The Program is known as the Rewards Program. A customer must simply request a form from an associate, fill it out and turn it in, and they can then receive a rewards card, which is a purple card and two key-chain cards. Initially, customers were required to spend $5 dollars to receive a rewards point. Once a customer reached 100 points, or 500 dollars in rewards points, the customer would receive 5% of their total points in dollar off coupons to be used in the store. For example, if one only received 100 points, one would receive about $5.00 in rebate coupons + additional % off coupons for misc items. Recently, Fred Meyer decided to relaunch the rewards card system to accommodate their new Fred Meyer Rewards Master card through Kroger Financial. Since the relaunch, a customer can earn one point for each dollar spent, but now must reach 500 points, which is equivalent to what was spent before, but now they can be earned quicker. With the new rewards mastercard, a customer can earn double rewards points for each dollar spend in store, and one reward point for each dollar spent outside of the store. Besides earning points, the customer can receive 15 cents off per gallon at a Fred Meyer Fuel Station whenever the mastercard is used. Alternatively speaking, without the rewards mastercard, a customer can still earn a discount at a Fred Meyer fuel station using a normal rewards card, but must spend a cumulative $100 dollars for a 20 gallon max fill up with 10 cents off per gallon.


See also

Fred Meyer Jewelers is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fred Meyer, Inc. ... Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...

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Fred Meyer currently operates 128 stores divided into seven merchandising zones as well as an online special order site for their postal prescription service, online photo ordering, online music/movie/video game sales through partner The Store 24/7, and an Alaska bush fullfillment center allowing those in remote areas of the state to shop Fred Meyer.
Additionally, all Fred Meyer stores possess a central checkout (abbreviated CCK), or Operations department which is responsible for a large amount of the checkstands; the front end of the store; the customer information center where services such as Western Union, game licenses, bus passes, tobacco sales, and merchandise returns are offered; and the parking lot.
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