GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Monday was a big day for the Meijer Corporation and members of the Meijer family.
The state unveiled a Michigan Historical Marker at the location of the chain's original supercenter on 28th Street at Kalamazoo Avenue.
The original Thrifty Acres opened in June 1962, combining food retail and the sale of general merchandise. At the time, that kind of service was unheard of.
"It's exciting to have recognition that this concept that my father and grandfather pioneered 53 years ago," said Hank Meijer, CEO. "This month, on this site, also has historical significance; it reaches beyond the shoppers. We try our best to serve everyday to really have meaning for the way shopping has changed across America."
The first Meijer supercenter store was 100,000 square-feet and opened with 18 checkout lanes.