PORTLAND, Ore. -- For Fred G. Meyer, the overriding credo of his long life was serving the needs of each customer. "Take care of the customer, and everything else will take care of itself," he once wrote. "Without customers we have no business. "If our store burned down tonight, tomorrow we could put up a tent and be back in business because we would still have our customers. However, if we lost all of our customers tonight, we would be out of business tomorrow. "That's why we need to take ...

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