June 25, 2009
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, retailer Meijer Inc. plans to hold a block party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at each of its 189 stores throughout the Midwest.
The company plans to treat shoppers to free hot dog meals, food samplings, giveaways, music, games and other activities.
Meijer operates four stores in Louisville and two in Southern Indiana.
“We started as one small store 75 years ago this June,” Frank Guglielmi, director of public relations for Grand Rapids Mich.-based Meijer, said in a news release. “We wanted our celebration to reflect the personal relationship Meijer has always had with its loyal customers.”
The chain began in 1934 when Hendrik Meijer, then 50 years old, decided to open a grocery store next to his barbershop in Greenville, Mich. The chain grew to become one of the largest privately held companies in the country.
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