Hank Meijer, Meijer Inc.

2014 Power 50 Other Retailers Selling Food: No. 7 Hank Meijer Co-chairman and co-CEO Meijer Inc. Key Development: Transitioning the company to non-family leadership.  What’s Next: Expanding Meijer stores into Wisconsin.

Meijer Inc. is branching out — in terms of store locations and corporate management.

Hank Meijer, co-chairman and co-CEO, is expanding the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company into Wisconsin while continuing to grow in the Chicago market. He also named two executives from outside the Meijer family to the top management level last year.

According to one industry observer, it takes a special kind of individual to bring non-family members into a family business, which Meijer did

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