Welcome Meijer interns!! The Meijer Heritage Center introduces our new interns to Meijer history and heritage this morning. Thanks for joining a team with a great 85-year history! #meijerheritagecenter #interns
It’s a well-known fact that Lena started out as a cashier in the very first Meijer Supermarket in Greenville MI in 1941, years before she became a Meijer herself. However Fred’s notes for Lena’s company bio, written in 1982, and photographs from our archives, reveal the range of her roles within the company, including book-keeping, stocking, loading trucks (once in a ditch in Greenville!), advertising layouts, and Executive Board member. She also represented Meijer everywhere she went, including receiving calls at home to their listed (you read that correctly) number. The last picture shows Lena with her family and President/CEO Rick Keyes at last years Grand Opening for our Hudsonville MI store. Happy 100th birthday to a remarkable woman! #meijerhistory #grandopening #womeninbusiness #meijerheritagecenter #archives #michiganhistory #museum #100yearsold
Lena Rader Meijer grew up on her parents farm in Amble, Michigan. She milked cows and collected eggs, planted her own garden when she was 8, and canned fresh fruits and vegetables. Second picture is Lena with the Junior Farm League in 1941 (she’s #84). Third picture is Lena with the original Meijer milk stool at the replica of her family farm at Meijer Gardens in 2008. #happybirthdaylena #meijerhistory #farmgirl #workethic #archives #meijerheritagecenter
It’s a very important day for a very important person at Meijer. Happy 100th birthday Lena! With love from the Meijer Heritage Center!
Fred Meijer enjoying the historic Spillman Carousel at the Grand Rapids Public Museum at its new location in 1994. The carousel is currently under restoration, supported by Meijer with many other community partners. Fred’s legacy is a reminder that we should never be too old or too busy to have fun and support our valued community institutions. #whatwouldfreddo #spillmancarousel #grandrapidshistory #meijerhistory #fredmeijer #grpublicmuseum #archives #ctc
Seeing the spectacular fin whale skeleton in all its glory at last night’s Grand Rapids Public Museum fundraiser was a reminder of Meijer’s long support of this key community institution. In the 1970s Fred Meijer underwrote the restoration of the whale skeleton. To raise public awareness about the project the bones were exhibited in the Woodland Mall before being shipped to Chicago. The fully restored skeleton was once again the main attraction at the Public Museum when its current, beautiful building opened on the Grand River in 1994. #grandrapidspublicmuseum #meijerhistory #whatwouldfreddo #finnythewhale