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Frederik Meijer was born in Greenville, Michigan. In 1962, he launched Meijer Thrifty Acres with his father and pioneered one-stop shopping. He inherited the company in 1964, after the death of his father, Hendrik Meijer. In 1990, he handed over the company to his sons, Doug and Hank, though he remained the Chairman of the Board until his death.
He helped establish the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. An Honors College at Grand Valley State University is named for him. A Chair in Dutch culture at Calvin College is also named for him. As of September 2011, he was worth US$5 billion. He was the 60th richest person in the United States at the time of his death.
Fred Meijer died on November 25, 2011 at the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, MI after suffering a stroke in his Grand Rapids home in the early morning hours, reported by the Grand Rapids Press.
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