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Meijer
Type Private
Founded 1934 (Greenville, MI)
Headquarters Grand Rapids, Michigan
Key people Hendrik Meijer, Founder
Fred Meijer, Chairman Emeritus
Hank Meijer, CEO, Co-Chair
Doug Meijer, Co-Chair
Mark Murray, President
Industry Retail (Grocery & Discount)
Products Groceries, clothing, footwear, gasoline, bedding, furniture, jewelry, health and beauty products, electronics, housewares and pet supplies
Revenue est. $13.2 billion USD (2005)
Employees 65,000
Slogan Higher Standards, Lower Prices
Website www.meijer.com

Meijer (Dutch, IPA: /ˈmaɪər/) is a regional American hypermarket chain that was founded in 1934 and is credited with pioneering the modern supercenter concept in 1962. About half of the company's 181 locations are located in Michigan and others are located across Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Meijer is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was ranked No. 10 on Forbes' 2006 list of "America's Largest Private Companies".[1] Supermarket News ranked Meijer No. 12 in the 2007 "Top 75 North American Food Retailers" based on 2006 fiscal year estimated sales of $13.2 billion.[2] Based on 2005 revenue, Meijer is the twenty-fifth largest retailer in the United States.[3] Meijer may refer to: Meijer, a department store headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States Erik Meijer, a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament Erik Meijer (computer scientist) Erik Meijer (footballer) Fred Meijer (actor) Fred Meijer (businessman) Jaap Meijer (1905-1943), Dutch track cyclist Johnny Meijer Jonas Daniel... Image File history File links MeijerLogo. ... A private company is a company that is independently owned. ... Greenville is a city located in Montcalm County, Michigan. ... “Grand Rapids” redirects here. ... Mark Murray is the third president of Grand Valley State University, serving since 2001. ... 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. ... Look up revenue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... USD redirects here. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about work. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or 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... 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. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Largest metro area Metro Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... 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. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... “Grand Rapids” redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 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). ...

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History

Meijer was founded as Meijer's Grocery in Greenville, Michigan by Hendrik Meijer,a Dutch immigrant. Meijer was a local barber who decided to enter the grocery business when hard times came during the Great Depression. His first employees included his son, Fred Meijer, then a 14-year-old grocery bagger, who would later become the well-known chairman of the company. The current co-chairmen, brothers Hank and Doug Meijer, are Hendrik's grandsons. Studying trends in the grocery industry, Meijer was among the first to offer self-service shopping and shopping carts. He also worked hard to find and offer staple items, such as vinegar, at bargain prices. Greenville is a city in Montcalm County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ...


The Greenville store did well, and additional Meijer groceries were opened in Ionia and Cedar Springs. By 1960 the company had over two dozen stores located throughout West Michigan. In 1962, the modern format of Meijer was started, with the opening of the first Meijer's Thrifty Acres store (the first hypermarket in the US and the world) at the corner of 28th Street and Kalamazoo in Grand Rapids at size of 100,000 square feet[4] (still in operation today), combining grocery shopping and department store shopping in a single large store. Meijer trademarked the phrase "One Stop Shopping". This store was built with six-inch-thick floors, so that should the concept fail, the non-grocery half could be converted into an indoor car dealership. New stores were built in this same manner until the mid 1970s, when an architect mentioned the extra cost to management.[citation needed] Ionia is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Cedar Springs is a city located in Kent County, Michigan, United States, 20 minutes north of Michigans second largest city, Grand Rapids. ...


The Thrifty Acres stores, now under the leadership of Fred Meijer, became a tremendous success and were renamed to simply Meijer in 1986. Meijer's stand-alone grocery operations continued until the early 1990s, as the larger stores became dominant. In 1995 it was reported in Forbes magazine that Wal-mart at the time had failed in what were then known as hypermarkets because Sam Walton and company did not understand the grocery business. Walton launched the first Hypermart USA store in 1987, opening only four stores, the last in 1990. It was said that Meijer understood the food business was important and not something just attached to a discount store. The quality of the produce is very important, and that poor quality produce sold by Wal-mart was their main problem. By contrast surveys said then and now that Meijer ranks high on produce quality.[5] In commerce, a hypermarket (from the French hypermarché) is a store which combines a supermarket and a department store. ... Samuel Moore Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 6, 1992), born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma was the founder of two American retailers Wal-Mart and Sams Club. ... Hypermart USA was a failed demonstrator project operated by Wal-Mart, which attempted to combine grocery and merchandise under one roof at a substantial discount. ...


With the increasing dominance of Wal-Mart throughout the country during the 1990s and now into the Midwest, Meijer is facing the effects of an intensely competitive retail industry. In late 2003, the company laid off 350 people from the corporate offices, distribution centers and field offices; a few months later, in January 2004, Meijer laid off 1,896 employees and managerial staff [6], leading to speculation that the company was losing profitability and market share. A marketing professor, Dr. Ben Rudolph of Grand Valley State near Meijer's corporate headquarters, lambasted this move, saying they "apparently blinked" and that Meijer's "decision was driven by panic". He also asked "Will Meijer actually be able to succeed positioned directly against Wal-Mart? Of course not". [7] Continuing cutbacks in 2006, the company outsourced eighty-one information technology positions to India. [8] Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is an American university located in Allendale, Michigan. ...


In 2003, the company announced that all new Meijer stores would feature an entirely new format and company image, complete with a new logo intended to make the Meijer stores seem "friendly" and inviting. The midwestern company hired New York City's Rockwell Group to redesign all the existing stores and establish a design for new stores. The "new theatrics" for the then-seventy-one year-old company originally started as a "new product introduction program" until David Rockwell talked Hank and Fred Meijer into furthering Rockwell's services. Rockwell told the Meijers the new introduction program would "work only if it was part of a new overall creative foundation based on a fresher, younger approach, encompassing architecture, interior design, and graphic design". [9] Despite its recent cutbacks, Meijer has also been embarking on a new expansion plan that will increase its number of stores in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. David Rockwell is an American architect and the CEO and founder of Rockwell Group. ...


In early July 2007, Meijer announced to local Michigan press it would be "restructuring" its Team Leader management positions in all 179 or 180 stores, stating layoffs would be "minimal" and necessary "to handle more sophisticated products such as flat-screen TVs and high-priced wines". Their spokesperson also said the changes were "not about a labor reduction", but fitting people in the right role. No corporate staff or hourly workers were directly affected. [10] In August 2007, the complete "minimal" number of cuts were made public, and they totaled approximately 500 (12% of existing) managers. The 500 were given severance packages, while even more managers were transferred to other stores or "reassigned to different positions". As opposed to this not being about a labor reduction as said a month before, the Meijer spokesperson essentially stated the cuts were made as Meijer "tries to compete with the world's largest corporation, Wal-Mart". [11] [12]


Operations

A Meijer in Midland, Michigan.
A Meijer in Midland, Michigan.
A Meijer in Rolling Meadows, Illinois incorporating the company's new store format and logo.
A Meijer in Rolling Meadows, Illinois incorporating the company's new store format and logo.

Meijer primarily operates department stores under the "super" philosophy (also known as a hypermarket), which means that groceries and department store goods are carried in the same large stores. A typical Meijer superstore carries over 150,000 items. Many also feature a filling station, featuring pay-at-the-pump, with a mid-size convenience store; in most cases, these filling stations are located in front of the store itself. All filling stations now feature RFID technology for payment at the pump. Several Meijer locations feature alternative fuels such as E85, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x1024, 219 KB) [edit] Summary A Meijer store in Midland, Michigan on July 16, 2006. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x1024, 219 KB) [edit] Summary A Meijer store in Midland, Michigan on July 16, 2006. ... Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 413 KB) Meijer supercenter in Rolling Meadows, Illinois I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 413 KB) Meijer supercenter in Rolling Meadows, Illinois I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Rolling Meadows is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. ... 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. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An EPC RFID tag used for Wal-Mart Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. ... Logo used in the United States for E85 fuel E85 is an alcohol fuel mixture that typically contains a mixture of up to 85% denatured fuel ethanol and gasoline or other hydrocarbon by volume. ... This article is about transesterified plant and animal oils. ... Typical North America vehicles carry this diamond shape symbol, meaning it is running on compressed natural gas fuel. ...


A typical Meijer is open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, and is closed on one day a year (Christmas). The stores usually close around 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and reopen around 6 a.m. on December 26. Closing on Christmas Day has been in effect since March 7, 1988[citation needed]. For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... The Christmas Eve (1904-05), watercolor painting by the Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24th, the preceding day or vigil before Christmas Day, is treated to a greater or a lesser extent in most Christian societies as part of the Christmas season. ...


Other Meijer concepts

In the face of competition, Meijer tried many other retail concepts over the years. These concepts included:

  • Spaar: In 1980, Meijer converted two former supermarket locations in Grand Rapids, Michigan to a discount drugstore chain known as Spaar (the Dutch word for "save"). The Spaar stores were sold to Perry Drugs by the mid 1980s, as Meijer decided that focusing on its larger stores was of higher importance.[13]
  • Meijer Square: This concept was a traditional discount department store, lacking a grocery section. Starting in 1981, Meijer Square consisted of fourteen test locations in Michigan and Ohio, mostly converted from other discount retailers.[13] The Ohio locations were sold to Zayre by 1986 (and, in turn, to Ames and Hills), although the Michigan stores remained open into the mid-1990s. The Meijer name would not be found in Cincinnati again until the early 1990s, after Hills and Ames left the Ohio market.[14]
  • Copper Rivet, Sagebrush, Tansy: Meijer started these three specialty clothing stores in the 1980s as means of selling popular brand-name clothing. Copper Rivet sold Levi's jeans; Sagebrush sold casual wear; and Tansy sold women's clothing. These specialty stores usually operated in front of existing Meijer stores, although some locations were located in nearby strip malls. These clothing chains were closed in the late 1980s and early 1990s as their leases expired, and as brand-name clothing became more available at other, more popular stores. The Sagebrush chain was sold in 1988.[13]
  • SourceClub: A warehouse club operation (similar to Sam's Club or Costco), SourceClub opened in 1992. The SourceClub stores were closed by 1994; one location was converted to a regular Meijer store, while the rest were sold off.[13] SourceClub failed due to increasing competition from similar warehouse clubs, such as Sam's Club, Costco, and the now-defunct Pace Warehouse.[13]
  • Meijer C-Stop: Meijer convenience stores and filling stations in areas where there is no attached store. Unlike past concepts, these are still in operation.

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Working at Meijer

The average Meijer store employs over 400 people. Few Meijer stores are non-union operated: less than ten as of December 2006. Meijer Employees working shifts shorter than 5 and 1/2 hours are given one 15 minute paid break. Those employees working shifts lengths of 5 and 1/2 hours to 6 and 1/2 hours are given one paid break (15 minutes) and an unpaid half hour lunch. Anyone working longer than 6 and 1/2 hours are given two 15 minute paid breaks and one unpaid half hour lunch break. Wage rates vary by market, and in those areas where applicable, also by union contract. There are a small number of hourly employees who are able to make more than their set top rate because of their employment longevity. Those who were hired prior to 1984 are still employed under a non-expiring contract. This contract has top wages higher than other employees and team members on the pre-1984 contract are currently making up to around $16.50/hour.[citation needed] Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...


Raises are given as team members hit certain work-hour and time quotas. For team members hired before 1984 a raise is received every 11 months for full-time workers and every 15 months for part-time. Team members hired between 1985 and 2003 employees receive a raise for 700 hours worked until they have reached the top compensation on their contract. Team members hired after the ratification of the current contract in 2003 receive a raise for every 1000 hours worked. Team members who have reached the top wages for either contract only receive a raise when the contract is renegotiated.


Non-union workers (Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky) also receive extra bonuses after 90 days of work. The most notable of these bonuses are known as 'issue-free hourly incentives'. These incentives are given every 4 weeks to employees whose store has surpassed the projected earnings quota. The amount received in this bonus is reflected by the percentage the store (or unit) has surpassed the quota, by its ranking in the consumer ratings system know as 'Meijer e-panel', and by the number of hours worked by the employee in that period. This means that the employee could make almost a full paycheck extra depending on the performance of the store.


Alleged Bias

In 2006, Meijer scored a zero on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which the HRC calls "a measure of how U.S. companies and businesses are treating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors." Specifically, the HRC claims that Meijer does not offer "even minimal benefits or workplace protection for gay employees" and lists it as a consistently gay-unfriendly company. Meijer was one of only three companies out of over 400 graded to receive this extremely low score.[15] Meijer's ranking stands in contrast to the high ratings of its bigger retail rivals, such as Federated Department Stores (80%), Sears/Kmart (100%), Target Corporation (80%), and Wal-Mart (65%). HRC logo The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equal rights organization in the United States. ... This article is about the former Federated Department Stores, parent company of Macys. ... Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is the fourth largest retailer in the United States, behind Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, and Kroger. ... For the Australasian department store chain, see Kmart Australia. ... This article is about the United States retail company. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ...


Marketing and Sponsorship

Meijer's "Community Rewards" program allows customers to determine where Meijer's donations go. Customers sign up and choose up to three non-profit organizations. When a Rewards card is scanned at the checkout, those organizations receive credit for the purchase. The website says the amount donated to these organizations is at least 5% of net profits and are distributed based on the number of credits each organization receives. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...


As a philanthropist, Fred Meijer's most significant contribution has been the land and sculpture collection for the 125-acre Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, a botanic garden and sculpture park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sunset at Meijer Gardens Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a 125-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... “Grand Rapids” redirects here. ...


Meijer also donated land for a Grand Valley State University campus in Holland, Michigan approximately 30 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.[2]. Meijer, Inc. also donated an undisclosed amount of money to GVSU in the mid 1980s for construction of new studios for GVSU's Public Television Station, WGVU--which to this day continues to broadcast from "The Meijer Public Broadcast Center." Grand Valley State University is an American university located in Allendale, Michigan. ... Holland is a city in the western region of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... “Grand Rapids” redirects here. ... WGVU West Michigan Public Broadcasting is a group of radio and television stations licensed to and operated by Grand Valley State University, serving the Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan / Western Michigan area of the United States. ...


Other donations helped create Spectrum Health's Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center.


Meijer's donations to Hurricane Katrina disaster relief included food and bottled water, which arrived on the store's trucks at relief centers in Mississippi before government aid, as well as money given from both the company itself and its customers, who donated through the company's website. This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ...


In July and August of 2004, Fred Meijer personally offered to donate $25 million and a former golf course near Grand Rapids' East Beltline in order to fund a relocation and expansion of the historic John Ball Zoo. (The zoo is nestled between residential neighborhoods and I-96 on Grand Rapids' northwest side.)[16] The proposal was turned down by voters and Meijer retracted the offer.


Recently, the Meijer Foundation announced plans to donate $1 million to Michigan's White Pine Trail State Park, raising the total donations from $2.1 to $3.1 million. The donation carried a stipulation that the state must name the trail the "Fred Meijer White Pine Trail". The state Parks Department initially turned down the donation, but the decision created a controversy over naming rights for private donations to public parks. Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Largest metro area Metro Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... The White Pine Trail State Park is a 92-mile-long linear state park in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


Grand Rapids' downtown Civic Theatre, now renamed the Meijer Majestic Theatre, had a $10 million renovation, thanks in large part to donations by Fred Meijer, as well as Civic Action, a Grand Rapids-based community improvement organization. The name Meijer Majestic Theatre reflects both the original name of the 103 year old theatre as well as Fred Meijer's philanthropy.


In 2006, Meijer donated money to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in order to create the paid position called the Frederik Meijer Chair of Dutch Language and Culture. Previously there was a chair but it was unpaid. It is currently held by Dr. Henk Aay, and its purpose is to promote interest in the Netherlands and Michigan's Dutch cultural heritage. [17] This article is about a liberal arts college in the United States. ...


Meijer has been involved in sponsorship in the IRL series for several years. They currently are an associate sponsor on the #7 Andretti-Green Racing entry driven by Danica Patrick.


Meijer Store Design

Meijer, Knapp's Corner, Grand Rapids, MI.
Meijer, Knapp's Corner, Grand Rapids, MI.

Meijer stores are typically designed with the supermarket section to one side, and the 'general merchandise' section to the other side. With few exceptions, almost all Meijer stores have been built from scratch.[13] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 529 pixelsFull resolution (896 × 592 pixel, file size: 125 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Meijer, Knapps Corner, Grand Rapids, MI I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 529 pixelsFull resolution (896 × 592 pixel, file size: 125 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Meijer, Knapps Corner, Grand Rapids, MI I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... 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. ...


Until the 1980s, some stores were built with a balcony containing service tenants, such as a barber shop and nail salon, as well as a McDonald's restaurant; many of these locations retain the service tenants. The first Detroit-area stores also featured a fast food concept called "Thrifty's Kitchen". Several locations have been remodeled to include Starbucks coffee shops. McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... For other meanings of the name Starbuck, see Starbuck. ...


"Hypermarket"

Meijer is credited with being the first "supermarket" store in the United States, combining a multitude of merchandise under one roof, though rarely acknowledged as such.[citation needed] The concept of a hypermarket has been credited to Europe; either Meijer did not use the term, or it did not exist, when they opened the first Thrifty Acres in 1962.[18] Most United States Hypermarkets are credited as starting at later dates. Meijer credits itself as a grocery chain, that added general merchandise to their grocery stores in 1962. The Meijers are very private people and would not talk to Forbes for a 1995 comparison to Hypermart USA and Kmart's American Fare failed hypermarket concepts.[19] In commerce, a hypermarket (from the French hypermarché) is a store which combines a supermarket and a department store. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hypermart USA was a failed demonstrator project operated by Wal-Mart, which attempted to combine grocery and merchandise under one roof at a substantial discount. ... For the Australasian department store chain, see Kmart Australia. ...


Product incidents

On October 11, 2007, food manufacturer ConAgra asked stores to pull its Banquet and generic brand chicken and turkey pot pies due to 174 cases of salmonella poisoning in 32 states being linked to the consumption of ConAgra pot pies, with 33 people hospitalized. [20] By October 12, a full recall was announced, affecting all varieties of frozen pot pies sold under the brands Banquet, Albertson’s, Food Lion, Great Value (sold by Wal-Mart), Hill Country Fare, Kirkwood, Kroger, Meijer, and Western Family. The recalled pot pies included all varieties in 7-oz. single-serving packages bearing the number P-9 or “Est. 1059” printed on the side of the package. [21] is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... ConAgra Foods, Inc. ... Banquet logo used from 1999 to 2006. ... Species S. enterica This article is about the bacteria. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Banquet logo used from 1999 to 2006. ... A typical Albertsons store. ... Food Lion LLC is an American grocery store company headquartered in Salisbury, North Carolina that operates approximately 1,300 supermarkets in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states under the Food Lion, Harveys, Bloom, Bottom Dollar, and Reids nameplates. ... Logo of WalMarts Equate brand Great Value is one of Walmarts many instore brands. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Kirkwood is the name of some places in the United States of America: Kirkwood, Illinois Kirkwood, Missouri Kirkwood, New Jersey Kirkwood, New York Kirkwood, Pennsylvania Kirkwood, California Kirkwood (Atlanta), Georgia Camp Kirkwood is a Christian camp & conference center in Wilmington, OH In other countries: Kirkwood, Eastern Cape is a town... Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Western Family Foods was founded as the Pacific Mercantile Cooperative on March 3, 1934 by a group of retailer-owned grocery wholesalers. ...


References

  1. ^ The Largest Private Companies. Forbes.com (November 9, 2006). Retrieved on 16 November 2006.
  2. ^ 2007 Top 75 North American Food Retailers, Supermarket News, Last accessed February 24, 2007.
  3. ^ Top 100 Retailers: The Nation's Retail Power Players (PDF), Stores, July 2006.
  4. ^ 'Dicount Merchandiser Magazine, July 1986 issue, page 61, info on first Thrifty Acres store'
  5. ^ ' Forbes Magazine, February 13, 1995 issue, page 55, Squeezing the Tomatoes '
  6. ^ Meijer cuts deep. MiBiz.com (February 9, 2004). Retrieved on 15 August 2007.
  7. ^ Why did Meijer blink?. MiBiz.com (January 12, 2004). Retrieved on 15 August 2007.
  8. ^ Meijer outsourcing jobs to India. planetoutsourcing.org (February 10, 2006). Retrieved on 15 August 2007.
  9. ^ 500 A full stage presence: Rockwell Group takes a fresh approach to Meijer supercenters. www.therockwellgroup.com and Display and Design Ideas Magazine (May 2005). Retrieved on 16 August 2007.
  10. ^ Meijer restructures jobs for store managers. mlive.com and Muskegon Chronicle (July 11, 2007). Retrieved on 15 August 2007.
  11. ^ 500 Meijer Managers get cut across midwest. www.wzzm13.com (August 2007). Retrieved on 16 August 2007.
  12. ^ 500 Meijer Eliminates 500 Store Manager Positions. www.progressivegrocer.com (August 2007). Retrieved on 16 August 2007.
  13. ^ a b c d e f Meijer, Hank (1984). Thrifty Years: The Life of Hendrik Meijer. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, p. 244. ISBN 0-8028-0038-6. 
  14. ^ Meijer to re-enter Cincy after Hills, Ames exit. Findarticles.com (June 17, 1991). Retrieved on 23 March 2007.
  15. ^ Human Rights Campaign Foundation "New Report Shows Corporate America Competing to be the Most GLBT-Friendly," September 19, 2006
  16. ^ Fred Meijer: 'We'll be glad to be a part of it.'. The Grand Rapids Press (2004-08-01). Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  17. ^ Frederik Meijer Chair of Dutch Language and Culture Calvin College 2006
  18. ^ Discount Merchandiser Magazine, July 1986, History 1962 - Founding of Thrifty Acres and Kmart
  19. ^ ' Forbes Magazine, February 13, 1995 issue, page 55, Squeezing the Tomatoes '
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