VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Gene Walters, a former chief executive officer of Farm Fresh and later an independent grocer, died here this week at age 86, according to reports. He had suffered congestive heart failure in 2005 and never fully recovered, according to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper. Walters worked for Kroger Co. before joining Farm Fresh, which is now owned by Minneapolis-based Supervalu, in 1966. By the time he left in 1987 to start his own chain, Gene Walters' Marketplace, he had ...

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