Food Service & Agriculture and Retail

Grocer wins Retailer of the Year award

November 3, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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A Meijer worker scans and bags items for an online shopper as part of its curbside pick-up service. Courtesy Meijer

A local retailer is considered the top grocer in the nation by a national trade magazine for the second time in 10 years.

Grand Rapids-based Meijer was named Progressive Grocer’s 2015 Retailer of the Year this fall. The award was presented at Meijer's headquarters in September.

Meijer also won the honor in 2006.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the unrivaled commitment and vital role the entire extended Meijer family plays on a daily basis, to simply give their best in countless meaningful ways,” said Meg Major, chief content editor, Progressive Grocer.

As part of the award, Progressive Grocer donated $10,000 to the Meijer Simply Give hunger-relief program.

The award is designated based on a set of criteria: overall merit of the retailer’s performance; vendor feedback; creation and fostering of a great place to work; and community support.

Meijer had revenues of $15 billion in 2014 with 222 stores and began expanding into Wisconsin. The retailer has more than 65,000 employees.

"Setting the pace"

During the award presentation, Progressive Grocer editor-in-chief Jim Dudlicek read excerpts from a feature article on Meijer in October's issue:

“A fierce, nimble competitor, Meijer exhibits many hallmarks of a company setting the pace for its peers. Guided by a keen focus on the five Ps — product, presentation, promotion, place and, particularly, price — Meijer continues to gain market share and fine-tune the 'retail format of choice.' Yet as it grows, its guiding ethos — to remain true to the simple philosophy that if you take care of customers, team members and community, they’ll take care of you — mirrors its stance as a conscientious company that’s continuously embraced the importance of supporting the communities where its customers and team members work and live.

“Listening to shoppers is a key component in paving the way to Meijer's successful standing as a key player in an ever-crowded field of retail formats. From its landmark stores in Michigan, through expansions into Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois, to its latest stores in metropolitan Milwaukee after entering Wisconsin earlier this year, Meijer has demonstrated a commitment to its core customers and an understanding of the cross-channel world in which they live — and an ongoing commitment to providing quality goods to consumers hungry for value.”

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