For many years, I've poked fun at the way Indiana natives add an extra "s" to the end of words, especially grocery chains.  Often, you hear Hoosiers say, "I'm heading to Kroger's or Meijer's for some milk", when in reality, the store is actually Kroger and Meijer (no "s").  

In a tongue-in-cheek response to Fox 59's story about Meijer hiring new employees this morning, I tweeted a screenshot complaining about a misspelling of Meijer:

Minutes later, the Midwest hypermarket chain put me in my place by tweeting the link of this vintage photo from their Instagram account:

I have to eat my hat, because they're exactly right.  

I did some more research on the history of Meijer(s).  Wikipedia (which is all knowing) confirmed that Meijer began as "Meijer's" in Michigan when it was founded by Hendrik Meijer, a dutch immigrant.  It did not drop the "s" until 1986 when it expanded past grocery operations.  The last free-standing Meijer's grocery store closed sometime in the early 1990s, and the current version of Meijer is what is left today.

While I concede defeat to Meijer(s), I still maintain that Kroger has always been Kroger (no "s") and there is no "or" in the words "wash" ("worsh") or "Washington" ("Worshington").  Those are the new battles for me to fight.

DS