BROCKTON, Mass. -- A memorial service was held here for Stanton Walker Davis, a supermarket pioneer and longtime principal in Shaw's Supermarkets, East Bridgewater, Mass. Davis died Aug. 8 at 86, after a long illness.
lly became Shaw's Supermarkets. The business was sold to J. Sainsbury, London, in 1987.
Davis and his family were recognized as being among the first operators to introduce self-service supermarkets, move their stores out of downtown locations and into plazas and malls, stay open 24 hours, and implement computerized scanning.
He is survived by his wife, Elisabeth; a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, a brother and a nephew.