A statement released by a Meijer representative reads: "Fred Meijer, chairman emeritus of Meijer Corp., passed away Friday evening ... at the Spectrum Health Systems in Grand Rapids after suffering a stroke in his home in the early morning hours.
"More information on arrangements will be forthcoming. In the meantime, the Meijer family family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers, and requests their privacy be respected at this difficult time."
Meijer founded his supermarket chain in Greenville in 1934. The chain now includes 190 stories in Michigan (including Grand Haven Township), Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
Fred Meijer would have turned 92 in December.