AS STATER BROS. MARKETS CELEBRATES its 75th anniversary, it's hard to separate the chain's history from the life and career of Jack Brown. Brown, 73, joined Stater in 1981 as president and chief executive officer, but he was already very familiar with the chain, having grown up in San Bernardino, Calif., and having competed with it for seven years in the early 1960s when he was working in the area for Sage's Complete Markets — a seven-store group of combination stores of 120,000 square ...

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