Fred Meyer

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Birthday
21, 1886
Birthplace
New York City, NY
DEATH DATE
Sep 2, 1978 (92)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
21, 1886
Birthplace
New York City, NY
DEATH DATE
Sep 2, 1978 (92)

About

Famous as the founder of the Oregon-based Fred Meyer, Inc. superstores (which later merged with the Kroger grocery chain), Meyer pioneered the all-inclusive shopping experience.

Before Fame

During his younger years, he operated a street-side cherry vending business in Brooklyn, New York. He opened his first Fred Meyer store in Portland, Oregon, in 1931.

Trivia

In the early 1970s, he absorbed the Valu-Mart franchise into his Fred Meyer, Inc. chain.

Family Life

Born Frederick Grubmeyer, he grew up in Brooklyn, New York, as the son of a grocer. He was married to Eva Meyer from the early 1920s until her death in 1960.

Associated With

In the early 1930s, he and Hendrik Meijer both established successful American grocery store chains.