Robert (Bob) P. Ingle, founder and CEO of Asheville, NC based Ingles Markets, died March 6 at the age of 77. Ingle founded the grocer in 1965 and was chairman of the board from the company’s incorporation in 1965 until May 2004, when he became a director. He was Ingles’ CEO from 1965 and president from that year until 1982 Ingles operated 203 supermarkets in six southeastern states
The company’s board has elected Robert P. Ingle II to succeed his father as CEO. The younger Ingle, 42, has served as a board member since 1997 and became chairman in May 2004. He has worked for Ingles in a variety of positions since 1985. His daughter Laura Lynn Ingle Sharp is also a Director of Ingles and the namesake of the Company’s “Laura Lynn” Private Brand which was created in the early 1980’s. Ingle and his wife, Laura, had four children: Laura Lynn, Sheree Ann, Robert Jr. and Maria.