ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Services were held here last week for Robert P. “Bob” Ingle, who founded Ingles Markets in 1965 and had been the only chief executive officer in company history. He died March 6 at age 77 after an extended illness, Ingles said. Ingle, whose father ran a small grocery store, founded the chain after reportedly being turned down for a managerial role at Colonial Stores, his employer at the time. Using a $20,000 loan from supplier Merchants Distributors Inc., Ingle opened a ...
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