13 thoughts on “Sunshine Division, 1964

  1. On the left is Earle A. Chiles, stepson of Fred G. Meyer and president of Fred Meyer, Inc., from 1955 to 1968.

  2. Fred Meyer was our family’s hero when mom and dad were alive! Unlike most wealthy business people who built mansions in honor of themselves, Fred and Eve, who never had children, lived simply in a modest apartment and devoted their company’s bounty to serving Portland and the PNW. The company was eventually absorbed by Kroger but the principles of community responsibility are, I believe, still evident in the company’s intelligent, generous decision-making.

  3. Yep. Grew up with the Fred Meyer stores on 122nd and Division and 82nd and Foster. My-Te-Fine brand. Loved the business model outlined by Margaret above. I worked for ‘Freddy’s’ in the mid 80’s and helped move Division store over to current location on 148th Ave. Big deal then was ‘Guest Service’ in place of ‘Customer Service’. I don’t think that phrase stuck but the service at Fred Meyer was always good. Fred G Meyer is a great American and PNW story.

  4. Fred Meyer did not live in a modest apartment. He lived on the top floor of of the Envoy building near NW 23rd and W Burnside. The apartment or condo took up the entire top floor.

  5. The story I heard, Earl was the son of Mrs Meyer prior husband.
    Fwiw, Know for a fact, Earl “Junior” lived an unmodest lifestyle.
    A top floor of Lincoln Tower. Beefed up as a fortress too! He terribly feared being kidnapped, whats no surprise considering the quality of people he ‘entertained’ there…

  6. I worked at the main baking plant in the 90’s when Kroger bought Fred Meyer. To say the least I’m not impressed with Kroger. They brought in a guy from Ohio to manage us would threaten us with plant closure if things didn’t improve (in his eyes). We never had any control over the things that he thought were wrong. Kroger actually hooked up the bread wrappers to a computer that send the productivity figures to Cincinnati. Then they put up neon boards that flashed the productivity percentage. As wrappers we had no control over breakdowns, faulty equipment etc. Talk about big brother. The head engineer who had been there for years quit. (he was management not union) The plant manager who had worked his way up to the position from helper quit. Under Fred Meyers we could walk off the job after 13 and a half hours. Kroger fired anybody who walked even though it is/was state law. In other words a person was just a number. Remember the Fred Meyer challenge golf tournament? Kroger put a stop to that real quick.

  7. Dave: I did not. I worked in Variety from 1984-85 at 122nd and we moved the store over to 148th in winter of 1986. It was a huge undertaking as the store transitioned from the old manual cash registers to computerized sales registers. This incorporated inventory and all kinds of sales data. The GM was Hugh Sturgis and I remember many of the employees and PIC’s in Variety. I left summer 1986 so I wasn’t at 148th very long. Also, I didn’t go over to Grocery or Receiving much.

  8. I heard in roundabout fashion that Fred Meyer couldn’t understand why his higher executives wanted to go out for lunch when they could eat at their desks and work at the same time…

  9. by-the-by, does anyone recall the Eve’s Lounge at the Stadium Fred Meyer?
    Truly one of the most bizarre drinking emporiums ever!
    Few or /no windows and looked to be decorated by the KGB.

  10. Along with the penthouse at the Envoy, the Meyer family had a country estate near Mt. Hood. I’ve tried to find a pic of it but no luck yet.

  11. Growing up in the late 60’s early 70’s, I absolutely LOVED it when Dad brought home that My-Te-Fine ice-cream, and of course with some Hershey’s syrup.. perfect combo..

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