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Robert Heath is retiring from the Associated Grocers of New England board of directors after a 32-year tenure. “ Nominated to the board in 1977, Heath became chairman in 1990, a position he held until 2006.
“During those years, AG New England enjoyed its most dynamic growth and accomplishment,” noted the current chairman, Thomas Bradbury. “Bob took an active role, providing wisdom, guidance and inspiration that helped lead the way to some significant milestones.”
Heath was the owner and operator of Heath & Sons, a New Hampshire-based community market whose roots date to 1945, when his father opened a small general store. He started working part-time in the family store at age 12. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1963 with a degree in business, he joined the business full-time.
Pembroke, N.H.-based AG New England, owned entirely by independent retail grocers as members of a cooperative, is the largest retailer-owned, wholesale grocery distribution center in New England. The company serves independent retail food stores in Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the upstate New York/Albany area.