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All 167 Stater Bros. Supermarkets, along with associates at its distribution center and corporate office, held a moment of silence at exactly 9:11 a.m. on Sun., September 11, in observance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. All Stater Bros. store managers also asked customers and store employees to pause for 60 seconds at the same time as well.
“The Stater Bros. Supermarket family [joined] together with each other and our customers…to remember the innocent lives that were lost on that fateful day ten years ago,” said Jack H. Brown, chairman and CEO of the San Bernardino, Calif.-based regional retailer. “This is a time when we need to all connect as Americans.”
Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Stater Bros. – which is celebrating 75 years of proudly serving Southern California families in 2011 -- created a highly regarded tribute poster, which still hangs in many homes, businesses and government offices. The original tribute once again appeared in several Southern California newspapers over the weekend, and every Stater Bros. Supermarket receive 2,000 tribute posters (8½” x 11” size) to hand out to customers and employees. All Southern Californians were encouraged to post the tribute in their homes, at their workplace, or wherever they feel a need to pay tribute to the victims and their families.
Stater Bros. is the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. With annual sales in 2010 of $3.6 billion., the company currently operates 167 Supermarkets and employs some 18,000 associates.