34 Facts About Meijer


Meijer Inc is an American supercenter chain that primarily operates throughout the Midwest.

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Meijer was a local barber who entered the grocery business during the Great Depression.

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Meijer offered staple items, such as vinegar, at bargain prices.

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In 1962, Meijer launched its modern format, with a store at the corner of 28th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids.

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Meijer expanded into Northern Michigan with their 33rd location in Traverse City opening in 1977, which is still open to this day.

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An article in Forbes Magazine said Meijer understood the importance of the food business, and it was not something just tacked onto a discount store.

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In 1998, three new Meijer locations opened in the Louisville area on Dixie Highway, Preston Highway and South Hurstbourne Parkway.

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Meijer hired New York City's Rockwell Group to redesign the existing stores and establish a design for new stores.

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In 2005, despite cutbacks, Meijer embarked on an expansion plan to increase its number of stores in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.

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In May 2007, the first LEED-certified Meijer store opened in the second phase of the Fairlane Green development in Allen Park, Michigan.

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In 2013, Meijer opened its 200th supercenter in Swartz Creek, Michigan.

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Meijer opened its first locations in Wisconsin in June 2015.

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In 2017, Meijer expanded into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with stores in Sault Ste.

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Meijer is expanding into the Youngstown area with a store in Boardman, Ohio in 2020 as well as Austintown.

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Meijer is effectively locked out of Western Pennsylvania due to the presence of Giant Eagle and that chain blocking rival chains from opening near Giant Eagle locations.

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Meijer stores are classified as supercenters or hypermarkets .

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Meijer has 259 stores in Michigan, Indiana, northern and central Illinois, central and western Ohio, and northern Kentucky.

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In 2013, Meijer ranked No 19 in Forbes list of top 20 Private Companies.

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In September 2012, Meijer was ranked No 88 in a list of the 100 fastest-growing retail chains by the National Retail Foundation's STORES magazine.

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In 1980, Meijer began a discount pharmacy chain called Spaar, which opened four stores in 1980 in former Meijer supermarket locations.

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One year after launching the Spaar brand, in 1981, Meijer began opening Meijer Square stores, which were traditional discount department stores lacking a full grocery section.

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Meijer returned to Cincinnati and soon Kentucky in May 1996, after both Hills and Ames had closed all of their Ohio stores.

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Meijer opened its first warehouse club store, SourceClub, in 1992.

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In 2006, Meijer donated money to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to create the paid position called the Frederik Meijer Chair of Dutch Language and Culture.

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Meijer had previously been involved in sponsorship in the IndyCar Series for several years.

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In 2014, Meijer was the first retailer to accept both Apple Pay and CurrentC for purchases in its stores and gas stations despite possible penalties from Merchant Customer Exchange for accepting Apple Pay.

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Meijer stores are typically designed with the supermarket section to one side and the general merchandise section to the other side.

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Early in the 1990s, Meijer developed new integrated prototypes for their rollouts.

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Meijer was the first retailer to launch the "supermarket" or "superstore" in the US, combining a multitude of merchandise under one roof, when they opened the first Thrifty Acres in 1962.

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Meijer describes itself as a grocery chain that added general merchandise to their grocery stores in 1962.

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In February 2007, Meijer was involved in an effort to recall the elected officials of Acme Township in Grand Traverse County, because of the officials' reluctance to allow a new store along M-72 within the rural township.

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Meijer retained Seyferth, Spaulding and Tennyson, a Grand Rapids public relations firm, to help orchestrate the recall effort.

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Records indicate the PR firm retained by Meijer had arranged a meeting with a small nonprofit organization which favored the Meijer store, but had not yet formally taken a position on the recall.

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Meijer was one of only three companies out of over 500 graded to receive a score of 0.

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