One of West Michigan's most iconic companies has created a museum on its history.
Walker-based Meijer said last week that it has opened the Meijer Heritage Center at its corporate campus, at 2929 Walker Ave. NW.
The 5,000-square-foot center is open to the public by appointment, for docent- and self-guided tours.
With 12 exhibition areas, the interactive layout takes guests through Hendrik Meijer’s first steps in the U.S. to the company’s current expansion.
The Meijer Heritage Center also features a theater, Meijer family letters, 30 video interviews and more artifacts.
Meijer started as a small store in Greenville in 1934 and has grown to operate more than 200 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
“Our grandfather and dad took a risk when they started this company in the midst of the Great Depression,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman, Meijer. “But bringing innovations to their customers helped give their grocery store a future. 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.”