MANCHESTER, N.H. — Associated Grocers of New England here said Tuesday that Michael Comeau has been elected to its board of directors and Thomas Rath has been named director emeritus.

In addition, Robert George has retired from the cooperative wholesaler’s board.

Michael Comeau of Associated Grocers of New England“While we are sorry to see Bob leave the board, we are extremely pleased to have Mike’s added enthusiasm and expertise and Tom’s renewed involvement on our board,” said Thomas Bradbury, chairman of the board.

Comeau opened his first store — the Richmond Corner Market — in 2004 in Richmond, Vt., and a second store in 2011 in Waterbury, Vt. A third location is set to open this month in Johnson Vt.


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Rath, a founding partner of law firm Rath, Young and Pignatelli, in Concord, N.H., is a former Attorney General of New Hampshire and has been actively involved in government relations since entering private practice in 1980.

George has been involved in the food industry since becoming the manager of Fedele’s Market of Newport, Vt., in 1988. He assumed ownership of Fedele’s Market in 1994 and re-named it RJ’s Friendly Market. In 2007, George sold RJ’s Friendly Market in Newport, Vt., and purchased a store in Waterbury, Vt. — which he has since sold to Comeau. He is now retired from the retail food business. The Vermont Grocers Association named him Grocer of the Year in 2001.

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