Meijer opens Heritage Center at HQ

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Courtesy Meijer

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.”

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