Fred G. Meyer
|Fred G. Meyer|
February 21, 1886
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 2, 1978
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Born Frederick Grubmeyer in Brooklyn, he traveled through the American West before settling in Portland, Oregon in 1909, where he founded a horse-drawn coffee service for lumber camps around Portland. After a few years of new ventures in Alaska, he returned to Oregon and founded a coffee shop (the Java Coffee Company, later changed to Mission Coffee Company in 1915) and then in 1922, a grocery store bearing his name in downtown Portland. He expanded this store into the Fred Meyer chain of supermarkets and department stores.
Meyer introduced innovative marketing concepts; he is often credited as one of the originators of the "one-stop shopping" concept, when in 1933, he built the Hollywood Fred Meyer, his first full-block megastore on Northeast Sandy Boulevard at 42nd Avenue in Portland (now a Rite Aid since the store's relocation to Hollywood West in 1988).
Fred G. Meyer's wife, Eva Marie, died in 1960.
Upon his death his stock, in Fred Meyer established the Meyer Memorial Trust, leaving behind $60 million to be used for "religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes." The Meyer Memorial Trust is distinct from the Fred Meyer Foundation. The latter is sponsored by now Kroger-owned subsidiaries of Fred Meyer Stores and Quality Food Centers.
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