Fred Meyer is a chain of hypermarket superstores founded in 1931 in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Fred G. Meyer. The stores are found in the western U.S., within the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. The company merged with Kroger in 1998, though the stores are still branded Fred Meyer. The chain was one of the first in the United States to promote one-stop shopping, eventually combining a complete grocery supermarket with a drugstore, bank, clothing, jewelry, home decor, home improvement, garden, electronics, restaurant, shoes, sporting goods and toys. Fred Meyer is distinct from Frederik Gerhard Hendrik Meijer, former chairman of the Meijer superstore chain, which is based in Michigan, with stores in the Midwest. The western region of The Kroger Company is headquartered in Portland.
|Founder:||Fred G. Meyer|
|Areas served:||Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska|
|Key people:||Dennis Gibson, president|
|Revenue:||US$ 4.897 billion|
|Number of employees:||30,000|
|Parent:||Independent (1931–1981), Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (1981–1998), Kroger (1998–present)|
|Twitter:||Fred Meyer’s Twitter profile|
|Facebook:||Fred Meyer’s Facebook profile|
About Fred Meyer
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.
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.
In the early 1970s, he absorbed the Valu-Mart franchise into his Fred Meyer, Inc. chain.
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.
In the early 1930s, he and Hendrik Meijer both established successful American grocery store chains.
Information related to Fred Meyer
- Hypermarkets of the United States
- Economy of the Northwestern United States
- Kohlberg Kravis Roberts companies
- Companies based in Portland, Oregon
- Supermarkets of the United States
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