GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today (September 8, 2016) that it is unveiling a Heritage Center rich with company history from its founder Hendrik Meijer’s first arrival in the United States through the retailer’s most recent innovations and expansions.
“Our grandfather and dad took a risk when they started this company in the midst of the Great Depression,” Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “But bringing innovations to their customers helped give their grocery store a future. At Meijer, we have a deep reverence for our history and culture, and are pleased to share this with the community that truly led to the company’s success.”
The interactive Meijer Heritage Center is designed to inform and inspire team members and visitors through 12 exhibition areas, including a theater, a selection of personal letters to the Meijer family from team members, suppliers and customers, 30 team member video interviews, and an array of artifacts that tell the Meijer story from its earliest beginnings to the present.
The 5,000-square-foot museum is located on the Meijer Corporate Campus in the Fred Meijer building, 2929 Walker Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, and was unveiled to team members this week at a ribbon cutting event.
The public and media are invited to an open house at the Meijer Heritage Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10. Visitors should utilize the west entrance in the back of the building to attend the open house.
“We’re excited to be able to showcase the founding culture and history of Meijer from which our team has grown to be a leader in delivering the best value and innovation to our customers,” said Mark Meijer, a director on the retailer’s board of directors.
After this weekend’s event, the center will be open to the public for docent- and self-guided tours by appointment only.
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.