Founded in 1934, Meijer is a family-owned and operated grocery and general merchandise retailer that operates more than 170 stores throughout the Midwest. It sells groceries, clothing, footwear, gasoline, bedding, medicines, furniture, jewelry, health and beauty products, electronics, household items and pet supplies. It organizes various contests and promotional events. Meijer employs more than 65,000 people. It offers gift cards, online store updates, event management assistance, and health care information and pharmacy services. Meijer sponsors community-based student events, such as reading, athletic events, helping senior citizens, beautifying parks and mentoring kindergartners. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., it has one of its stores located in Madison Heights, Mich.