I know “Fred Meyer” as the chain of grocery stores in Alaska that are now owned by Kroger. It turns out that the real Fred Meyer was born Fritz Grubmeyer in Germany, and was a “relentless” business person (putting it nicely). The adn.com website reports that there is a new book out about him, and offers this summary.
This photo is of the Fred Meyer grocery store in Palmer, Alaska, where I used to shop. If you walked straight forward towards those mountains about four blocks and then took a right turn, that’s where I lived.