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In this book Bill Smith and Larry ten Harmsel offer an engaging glimpse into the life of Fred Meijer (b. 1919), a prominent retailer whose Grand Rapids-based company has grown from one local store in Greenville, Michigan, to a chain of nearly 200 stores in five Midwestern states. Smith and ten Harmsel have gathered reminiscences from nearly a hundred people who have known and interacted with Fred during the past eighty years - from U.S. Presidents and ambassadors to clerks at the grocery checkout - and the result is a unique biography of an innovative and energetic businessman whose economic, philanthropic, and philosophical influence has been felt across a broad segment of the Midwest. Replete with photos and captivating anecdotes, Fred Meijer: Stories of His Life is an inspiring read not only for Meijer buffs but also for students of business and management in modern America.
Retailing pioneer Fred Meijer comes alive in the pages of this intimate biography, told in part by the people in Fred's life from store cashiers to American presidents. Astute businessman, visionary arts patron, homespun philosopher Fred is a man of many parts. His story weaves a chronicle of how to succeed in business, how to shape one's life, how to leave the world a better place, and how to have fun along the way. / "Fred, in his unpretentious way, has always been a leader. . . . He is able, he is dedicated, and he's fun." Gerald R. Ford / "I have always admired Fred Meijer as the great visionary who first recognized the potential of the supercenter in the United States. As we developed our Wal-Mart model, we learned a great deal by watching what he did." Don Soderquist - former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Wal-Mart / "Fred Meijer's life story is a supersize grocery cart, full to the brim with values that we should live by honesty, fairness, and respect for others." Mike Lloyd - Grand Rapids Press
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