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Meijer is a family-owned company serving the needs of families at each of our stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

With the help from our Team Members and customers, we’re able to make the community a better place to live, work and play.

As we grow, we follow a simple philosophy established by our grandfather and father 80 years ago: “take care of your customers, team members and community … and all of them will take care of you, just like a family.”

We invite you to visit this site often to learn about how much our Simply Give campaign is helping our neighbors, about our sponsorship that brought the LPGA back to Michigan and more. Welcome to our Meijer Community!

Sincerely,

Hank and Doug Meijer's Signature

Meijer in the Community

The "Purple Cow" was originally a poem written by Gelett Burgess. Fred Meijer enjoyed the poem and recited it often to his children.
The “Purple Cow” was originally a poem written by Gelett Burgess. Fred Meijer enjoyed the poem and recited it often to his children.

History of the Purple Cow at Meijer

Much like Sandy, the iconic penny pony that’s a fixture at each Meijer store, the Purple Cow is also beloved by customers, thanks to Fred Meijer.

Originally a poem written by Gelett Burgess, the Purple Cow became an ice cream shop within Meijer stores in the 1960s.

Over the years, many kids – ages 8 to 80 – received Purple Cow cards from Fred Meijer that were good for a free hand-dipped ice cream cone.

While the ice cream shops are no longer a fixture within Meijer stores across the Midwest, the retailer moved into dairy production through its Purple Cow Creamery. Meijer carries more than 40 flavors of its Purple Cow ice cream.

More information about the history of Purple Cow ice cream can be seen here in a video with Executive Chairman Hank Meijer.

An infographic highlighting Purple Cow ice cream facts can be viewed and downloaded here.

Our Partners at Work

West Michigan will host the 2017 State Games of America Aug. 3-6.
West Michigan will host the 2017 State Games of America Aug. 3-6. The West Michigan Sports Commission, Experience Grand Rapids and Meijer State Games of Michigan partnered to bid on and host the 2017 event.

West Michigan to Host State Games of America

An estimated 12,000 athletes from 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada will participate in the 2017 State Games of America, which will be held Aug. 3-6 in Grand Rapids. This marks the first time the national event has come to Michigan.

The State Games of America is a biennial Olympic-style event that features competition between State Games medal winners from the 30 states that conduct State Games events.

It will feature 48 sports in 60 events at 35 venues across West Michigan, and will operate in place of the annual Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games.

The West Michigan Sports Commission, Experience Grand Rapids and Meijer State Games of Michigan partnered to bid on and host the 2017 State Games of America.

For more information on the sports and how to register as an athlete by Aug. 1, please click here.

A promotional video, Bring Your Game, that features Grand Rapids can be viewed here.