In the midst of the Great Depression, a modest local barber in Greenville, Mich. had a need and saw an opportunity. In an effort to take care of the customers who visited his barbershop, Hendrik Meijer purchased $328.76 worth of merchandise on credit. Together, with his 14-year-old son, Fred, they opened Meijer’s Grocery.
The Depression still lingers, yet Meijer is able to acquire its first shopping carts – the latest in grocery store innovation.
The second Meijer store opens in Cedar Springs, Mich. under the management of Johanna Meijer. By 1945, half of all Meijer team members are women.
Meijer speeds product down the checkout lane with innovative automated conveyer belts – another way Meijer provides faster and better service for customers.
Meijer opens its first “Thrifty Acres,” a food and general merchandise store that allowed customers to shop for everything they needed in just one trip. It was the birth of the supercenter and the springboard for a concept that would grow into a retail phenomenon.
Many Meijer stores are now open 24-hour-a-day, and the number of stores climbs into the 50s. Most stores are open 364-days-a-year.
Meijer.com is launched on the World Wide Web.
Meijer unveils its free prescription drug program designed to benefit at least one-half million Meijer customers at all 176 Meijer pharmacies throughout the Midwest.
Meijer celebrates its 50th Anniversary as the original supercenter.
Meijer opens its 200th store in Swartz Creek, Mich.