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Stanley Moravitz, who helped found the Giant Eagle supermarket chain, died at his Pittsburgh-area home. The pioneering grocer was 86, and still had an office at Giant Eagle's corporate headquarters, according to local press reports.
Moravitz's father began the OK Grocery in Turtle Creek, which merged with Eagle Grocery and subsequently grew into western Pennsylvania's largest supermarket chain.
After completing his business administration studies at the University of Pittsburgh and military training, Moravitz worked in the chain's meat department before becoming v.p., treasurer, and board member. His funeral is scheduled for today.
Giant Eagle has more than 220 supermarkets and over 130 fuel and convenience stores in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia, and Maryland.
Mr. Moravitz is survived by his wife of 63 years, Flo Mae Moravitz, whom he met while taking advanced military training in Louisiana; a son, Edward Moravitz; a daughter, Joy Moravitz; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.