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Frederik Meijer, Meijer Inc. founder, dead at 91
Frederik Meijer, billionaire founder of Meijer Inc. retail chain and arts patron, dead at 91
By The Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) ' Frederik Meijer, who built the regional retail powerhouse Meijer Inc. while nurturing his lifelong love of the arts, has died at age 91.

The company confirmed his death in a statement Friday evening, saying the billionaire died at the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids after suffering a stroke in his home in the early morning hours.

Meijer was credited with starting the supercenter store format in the 1960s that made Meijer a successful Midwest retailer. By 2009, Meijer had 180 of the giant stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio with annual sales of $15 billion.

The family thanked "everyone for their thoughts and prayers" and asked that their privacy be respected.

Funeral arrangements are pending. The death was first reported by The Grand Rapids Press.

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