Frederik Meijer

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Not to be confused with Fred Meyer.

Frederik Gerhard Hendrik Meijer (December 7, 1919 – November 25, 2011) was an American businessman, the Chairman of the Meijer hypermarket chain in Michigan, US.[1]


Frederik Meijer was born in Greenville, Michigan.[1] In 1934, at age 14, he worked with his father Hendrik Meijer to found Meijer Grocery in Greenville.[1] In 1962, he launched Meijer Thrifty Acres with his father and pioneered one-stop shopping.[1] He inherited the company after the death of his father in 1964.[1] In 1990, he handed over the company to his sons, Doug and Hank, although he remained the Chairman of the Board until his death.[1]

Fred Meijer died on November 25, 2011 at the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, MI after suffering a stroke in his Grand Rapids home in the early morning hours, reported by the Grand Rapids Press.[2]

As of September 2011, he was worth US$5 billion.[1] He was the 60th richest person in the United States at the time of his death.[1][3]


Meijer helped establish the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.[4] An Honors College at Grand Valley State University is named for him.[5] A Chair in Dutch culture at Calvin College is also named for him.[6]

External links[edit]

  • ten Harmsel, Larry; Bill Smith (2009). Fred Meijer: Stories of His Life. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. ISBN 0-8028-6460-0.