"Customers don't need us, we need them." Frederik Meijer, the man known for saying that often, and pioneering the one-stop-shopping concept, died Friday at the age of 91.

A video tribute to Meijer is after the jump.

Meijer began stocking shelves in his father's store in 1934 at age 14 and is credited for creating the "hypermarket" concept. Meijer operates 197 stores in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, including several in the Flint area.

Meijer opened the Frederik Meijer Botanical Gardens in 1995, and the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids in 2004.


[Chicago Tribune]