ABINGDON, Va. — Funeral services were pending late last week for Jack C. Smith, the 81-year-old chairman and founder of K-VA-T Foods, who died Thursday after a brief illness. Smith opened his first store in 1955 — an 8,800-square-foot Piggly Wiggly — in Grundy, Va., in partnership with his father and cousin, and had built it to an 11-store operation by 1984, when he struck out on his own to open stores under the Food City banner. When the company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005, his ...
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