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Community shows appreciation for Larry Levin’s 50 years

Community shows appreciation for Larry Levin’s 50 years
Members of the Rotary with Meijer store director Larry Levin. Courtesy photo.

By Sue Wolfe

A recent Community Appreciation Celebration was held for retiring Cedar Springs Meijer Store Director Larry Levin. 

At the end of this month Levin will end his 50-year stint with Meijer. His first position as a 15-year old bagger earning $1.56 an hour, was at the Plainfield Thrifty Acres store. He extended his career working at different stores throughout Michigan. In May 2013, he opened the Cedar Springs store, where he will remain until he walks out the door for the last time on Christmas Eve. 

While serving as store director, Levin has numerous responsibilities, which includes awarding donations to community organizations.  Many of those organizations were represented at the Appreciation Celebration to include the Cedar Springs Women’s Club, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Community Library, Community Building Development Team, North Country Trail, En Gedi, United Methodist Church Community Food Panty, Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Howard Christensen Nature Center, Cedar Springs Public Schools (CSPS) and area business owners. Also attending were Meijer executives Shawn Buckner, Regional Vice President of Operations for North Region; Greg Miller, Marketing Director in Training; Dawn Shoemaker, Retail Administrative Assistant; and Larry’s wife Kathy. 

Words of appreciation to Levin included seeing Levin on the store floor stocking shelves, gathering carts in the parking lot, but always making time to talk with customers about most anything–including how Meijer might assist in serving the community.  

Donna Clark, representing multiple organizations at the celebration, thanked Levin by saying, “Your support has allowed each of these service organizations to better fulfil their service goals to our community, country, and world. It is a cascading affect as you and Meijer blessed us, we are able to pay it forward and bless others.” 

“Mr. Levin was always willing to take time to meet with representative from the Women’s Club and provide various items which allowed us to better serve Cedar Springs,” explained Mary Balon. “On a personal note, I want to thank you for having such outstanding employees. Your crew has happily helped me load groceries into my car and return the cart while dealing with some health issues. This means a lot to me,” she continued. 

Scott Smith, CSPS Superintendent and Heidi Reed, School Board President, thanked Levin and the entire Meijer organization for investing in the Cedar Springs Community which in turn helps all businesses, organizations, and residents.   

Kim Gillow, Howard Christensen Nature Center Board Member, followed by explaining how the Meijer gift cards allowed the Nature Center to make, bake, and sell pies earning higher profits on the fund raiser. 

The Rotary Club stated their group would be donating  $1,000.00 of Simply Give funds in Levin’s honor to the Community Food Pantry. 

Judy and Bob Murray, co-directors of the United Methodist Community Food Pantry were on hand to express their appreciations to Levin by saying, “Please know that Meijer has helped feed thousands of community members and we are very grateful!” 

David Ringler, owner of the Cedar Springs Brewery and a member of the DDA expressed appreciate and presented an honorary gift card for retirement beverages at The Brew. 

Upon the conclusion of the event both Larry and his wife Kathy expressed their appreciation. “I am humbled by the opportunity to have represented Meijer in serving the Cedar Springs Community. I have enjoyed getting to know the people of this fine community.” 

Kathy Levin continued by saying, “I am so impressed with the partnerships and commitment of the organizations within this community. People sure work together here and have a true real sense of community.” 

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