Very Merry Meijer Thanksgiving #MeijerGivesThanks

Just another reason to LOVE Meijer! If you are in-need of some holiday feels, make sure you watch the video in this blog post. So awesome!


Meijer gave thanks in a big way this year when it once again surprised an unsuspecting customer in each of its 223 stores by “gifting” them their entire shopping cart filled with Thanksgiving groceries and gifts upon checkout.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer brought back its Very Merry Meijer event Nov. 21 by surprising a customer in each of its stores, but took it a step further when it gave a $100 Meijer gift card to the Meijer cashier helping the customer.

In addition, each surprised customer received an additional $100 Meijer gift card to help pass along the generosity.

“The holidays are a time to give thanks, and we were so excited to bring back the Very Merry Meijer event to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers and team members,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We are very thankful for our customers and team members, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

The Very Merry Meijer event resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in groceries and gifts to Meijer customers – with shopping carts ranging from $150 to upwards of $1,200 in value – along with a mixture of emotions that spurred tears, hugs and even speechlessness from very happy customers. For some customers, the surprise renewed hope in the true meaning of the holiday season; others were thankful for the generosity during a time that can be quite stressful.

“Very Merry Meijer began last year as a simple way to say thank you, but so many of our thoughtful customers saw an opportunity to pass along the generosity,” Doug Meijer said. “It was so inspiring to hear those stories that we wanted to include that in our surprise this year. In all my years at Meijer, this is truly the most fun I’ve ever had.”

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at


  1. Dandi D says:

    I really wish we had one of these stores near us.

  2. wow that is amazing, and I wonder if now many people will go there at this time of year hoping they’ll get lucky. What a win-win situation!! for the store, its employess and the people!