Robert Weis, longtime head of supermarket chain, dies at 96

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) – Supermarket magnate Robert Weis has died.

Weis Markets Inc. says Weis, the son of its co-founder, died Monday. He was 96.

Weis served as the company’s chairman for two decades and grew the Sunbury, Pennsylvania-based business to 163 stores in five states with nearly $3 billion in yearly revenues.

In 2001, he prevailed over relatives who wanted to sell by buying out their stock and becoming the company’s largest shareholder.

Weis remained chairman of the board until April, when son Jonathan took over.

As a child, Weis stood on a box to work the cash register at one of his family’s stores.

After World War II, and a stint as a captain in the Army Air Corps, he oversaw the company’s finances, real estate and construction. He became chairman in 1995.

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