GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The teacher has become the student. Meijer here, which pioneered the supercenter concept when it opened its Thrifty Acres discount store with groceries here in 1962, is eliminating about 1,900 employees from its payroll in order to bring its operations more in line with competitors that have emulated its supercenter format. John Zimmerman, a spokesman for Meijer, said the company had been studying the operations of rival supercenters -- like those operated by ...

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