CHARLOTTE — A memorial service was scheduled May 5 for Alan Dickson, co-founder of Ruddick Corp., the former parent company of the Harris Teeter supermarket chain. He died on Thursday at age 81 after a battle with lung cancer. Dickson and his brother, Stuart Dickson, founded Ruddick in 1968, and grew it into a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate. Dickson had previously been president of the American & Efird industrial thread concern, which remained a subsidiary of Ruddick until ...

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