Last week I told my awesome cashier Adrean at Store 311, Grand Rapids, Mi, what a great history his store has. “Really?” He said, “this store?” Store 311, originally Store 011, at the corner of Kalamazoo and 28th Street opened in 1958 as part of the growing Meijer Supermarkets chain. Its innovative arch-roofed design, climate controlled back rooms, warm lighting and flexible sales floor space were celebrated in industry magazines across North America and Europe. Miss Michigan helped President Hendrik Meijer cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening. But the best was yet to come. With an 80,000 sq ft addition, Store 011 changed the retail landscape in the US permanently as the country’s first true supercenter, with full grocery and full general merchandise at one central checkout. The risk paid off, and the Meijer family’s pride in Store 011 shows in the many pictures taken of Fred at Store 011 over the years. Longtime Store 311 team members knew Fred personally and often talk to me about him when I shop there. In 2015 Meijer’s head of Properties successfully petitioned the Michigan Historical Commission to designate Store 311 an historic site. Store 311 team members, thank you for keeping an important Meijer legacy alive with your excellent customer focus and passion to compete!
It’s the third anniversary of the Meijer Heritage Center! From the Grand Opening in 2016 until today we’ve held open house and other events for team members present and retiring, new hire orientation tours, programs, panels and staged exhibitions sharing the Meijer legacy past present and future. We’ve also recorded scores of team member interviews and responded to countless research requests across the company. Thanks for visiting in person and online and keeping our history alive! Check out the link to our virtual tour in our bio! #happyanniversary #meijerhistory #corporatemuseum #retailhistory #archives #meijer
Rick Keyes recognizes Meijers 85 year history at the Meijer Store Director Seminar #meijerhistory #storedirectorsrock
Meijers past, present and future of Diversity and Inclusion presented by VP Tim Williams at the 2019 Meijer Store Director seminar! #meijerhistory #dignityandrespect
“Follow the throng” to the Meijer Heritage Center virtual tour, produced by RealSpace GR. The VT brings visitors an online 360degree experience of the museum and our current exhibition Fred and Lena Meijer:A Century of Family, Determination, Dignity and Respect. Zoom in, click the blue orbs for more information and study selected rare artifacts from the Meijer Archives like Fred’s journal from 1935-1938 and a 1939 ad Fred wrote and laid out. The virtual tour can be accessed on desktop or mobile devices through the link our bio. #fredandlenameijer #meijerhistory #archives #virtualtour #onlinemuseum #michiganhistory