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Frederik Meijer, 91, builder of Midwest retail chain

A 30-acre sculpture park was added to Frederik Meijer’s 125-acre botanical garden in 2002. Mr. Meijer (below) donated generously to programs in the Grand Rapids area. A 30-acre sculpture park was added to Frederik Meijer’s 125-acre botanical garden in 2002. Mr. Meijer (below) donated generously to programs in the Grand Rapids area. (carlos osorio/associated press)
Associated Press / December 2, 2011
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Frederik Meijer, a billionaire who built the regional retail powerhouse Meijer Inc. while nurturing his lifelong love of the arts, died late Friday at a hospital in western Michigan. He was 91.

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