Frederik Meijer

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Frederik Meijer
Frederik Gerhard Hendrik Meijer

December 7, 1919
DiedNovember 25, 2011(2011-11-25) (aged 91)
Net worthUS$5 billion (2011)
TitleChairman, Meijer
Spouse(s)Lena Rader
ChildrenDoug Meijer
Hank Meijer
Mark Meijer
Looking east along the Frederik Meijer Trail along M-6 in Gaines Township, Michigan

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

Early life[edit]

Frederik Meijer was born in Greenville, Michigan,[1] the son of Hendrik and Gezina Meijer, both Dutch immigrants, who had married in Greenville in 1912.[2] 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]

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]

Personal life[edit]

In 1946, he married Lena Rader, the daughter of farmers, and who had been a cashier in one of his stores.[2] They had three sons, Doug, Hank and Mark Meijer.[4]

Fred Meijer died on November 25, 2011 at the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after suffering a stroke in his Grand Rapids home.[5]


Meijer helped establish the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.[6] An Honors College at Grand Valley State University is named for him.[7] A Chair in Dutch culture at Calvin College is also named for him.[8] The Frederik Meijer Trail in Kent County, Michigan, and the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park are named after him following donations by the Frederik and Lena Meijer Foundation.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Frederik G.H. Meijer". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2017-03-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Forbes 400 2016". 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  4. ^ Carmichael, Michael (2009-08-20). "Meijer at 75 – Lessons from a family that has learned to work together over three generations. – Corp! Magazine". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  5. ^ Ed Riojas Illustration. "Fred Meijer, West Michigan billionaire grocery magnate, dies at 91". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  6. ^ "About". Meijer Gardens. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  7. ^ "Frederik Meijer Honors College - Grand Valley State University". 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  8. ^ "Frederik Meijer Chair - Dutch - Calvin College". Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  9. ^ King, Kyla & Wilson, Rick (December 6, 2006). "Bike Trail Planned near South Beltline on Track". The Grand Rapids Press. p. B1.
  10. ^ Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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