He was in the process of figuring out how to leave his tens of millions in trust for the public benefit, but he'd never been keen about giving away money while he was alive. . . . His idea of helping people was providing jobs, not handouts.-- My-Te-Fine Merchant: Fred Meyer's Retail Revolution by Fred Leeson. Fred Meyer pioneered the idea of selling groceries, drugs, clothing, home goods, toys, sporting goods, electronics, fine jewelry, and more under one roof. He founded a chain of "superstores" that still bears his name. Eventually, he figured out what to do with his money, creating and funding the Meyer Memorial Trust.
Fred Leeson is an author and former newspaper journalist. His biography of Fred Meyer is a readable and entertaining slice of regional history, providing the story behind this household name.
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