Funeral services have been held here for Mark A. Resnik, general counsel and one of the original partners of Yucaipa Cos. here, the majority shareholder in Ralphs Grocery Co.
Resnik, 48, was instrumental in setting up the public and private financing for Yucaipa's portfolio companies, which include Ralphs, Compton, Calif.; Food 4 Less Warehouse Stores, La Habra, Calif.; Smith's Food & Drug Centers, Salt Lake City; and Dominick's Finer Foods, Northlake, Ill. He was a director and counsel for each of those companies.
Prior to joining Yucaipa he was a director, vice president and secretary of Jurgensen's Markets, Pasadena, Calif., and general counsel for Stater Bros. Markets, Colton, Calif. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
MIAMI -- A private service was held here for Benjamin Bildner, founder of Big Ben Supermarkets, who died of natural causes Feb. 3 at the age of 104.
In 1917, he and his brothers opened Bildner Bros. grocery stores in Queens, New York City. In October 1929, he opened the first Big Ben store in the South Ozone Park section of Queens. He then expanded into Nassau and Suffolk counties, opening the first self-service supermarkets in Long Island, according to his son, Albert Bildner.
In 1938, Benjamin Bildner split with his brothers, one of whom went on to launch the Kings Super Markets chain in New Jersey. In 1955, Benjamin Bildner sold the Big Ben business -- by then 18 stores -- to the Corvette-Hills chain and retired to Florida.
He is survived by a son, Albert, of New York City; a sister, Rebecca Shulman, also of New York City; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.