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Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

Frederik Meijer, who built the regional retail powerhouse Meijer while nurturing his lifelong love of the arts, died late Nov. 25 at a hospital in western Michigan. He was 91. The billionaire passed away at the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids after suffering a stroke in his home early that morning, according to a statement issued by the company.

Art Van Furniture is moving deeper into the outdoor furniture category as it rolls out Art's Backyard departments in all of its 34 full-line showrooms.The Top 100 company said the new area has the look and quality of "high-end catalogs at Art Van prices," with what it calls the largest in-stock outdoor furniture selection in the state.More than 1,000 items are featured, including goods from Michigan company Lloyd/Flanders, as well as from Woodward, Jimmie's Rustics, Treasure Garden, North Cape International, Siesta/Sinoc, South Sea Rattan and other sources.Earlier this month, Art Van opened Art's Backyard areas of roughly 4,000 square

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