Fred G. Meyer started out selling cherries from a stand in Brooklyn, NY. He eventually expanded to selling cleaning supplies and cereal.
Meyer opened his first permanent location in Portland, OR in 1931. In 1951, he built a large warehouse in Portland that was torn down less than 5 years later to build the Banfield Expressway. Warehouse operations were moved to Swan Island.
In the 1960s, the company acquired Marketime Drugs and The Roundup Company. Marketime expanded their territory to Seattle, WA. The company was operating in 4 states by 1968.
Fred Meyer died in 1978 at the age of 92. In 1982, the company was purchased by private equity firm KKR.
The company continued to expand and acquired other companies in the 80s and 90s.
In 1999, Fred Meyer merged with the Kroger Corporation.
There are currently over 130 Fred Meyer stores in the US. The Fred Meyer corporate office is still located in Portland, Oregon.