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Byron Evan Allumbaugh (1931-2016), Retail Grocery Executive & Icon
This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Byron E. Allumbaugh, born 15 November 1931 in Beebe, White County, Arkansas, osn of Norman Herschel Allumbaugh (1911-2004) and his first wife Faye E. Harris (1911-1969). Byron's paternal 3rd Great-Grandfather and immigrant ancestor was Revolutionary War Patriot Peter Allumbaugh (abt. 1740-1833), who migrated from Germany to Botetourt County, Virginia, where he served for a year starting in October 1775 as a Private in the 12th Virginia Regiment [the area later became Greenbrier County in 1778] and migrated to Madison County, Kentucky prior the turn of the century in 1800.
Byron grew up in the supermarket industry, spending most of his career with Southern California Supermarket Chain, Ralphs Grocery Company, starting as a Meat Manager working his way up to its Director of Meat Operations. He continued to work his way up the corporate ladder over the years to become the company's President in 1973. Three years later he became Ralphs’ CEO after the retirement of its then-CEO Eugene B. Walsh (1915-2011). For the next 22 years he guided Ralphs through tremendous growth, expanding from 60 to 430 stores, until 1998 when it was sold to The Kroger Company, the largest retail supermarket company in America by revenue ($109.83 billion for fiscal year 2015). [wikipedia] This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)
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