Bob Ingle Grocer & Father of Laura Lynn Private Brand Dies

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.

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.