It doesn't seem that long ago, but it's been nearly 15 years now.
One of the first Meijer Thrifty Acre stores outside of Grand Rapids opened at the corner of Beacon Boulevard and Jackson Street in June 1961.
The store was closed in May 1999 when a newer Meijer opened on 60 acres at the northeast corner of U.S. 31 and Comstock Street in Grand Haven Township.
The late Bill Whittaker was the Grand Haven store's manager from the beginning until his retirement in 2002. He died in December 2011 at the age of 76.
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