Grocery Store in Athens, GA
Mr. Ingle's background certainly qualified him to know the preferences of shoppers in his territory. A member of a 3rd generation grocery family, he worked in a grocery store began by his grandfather in Asheville, North Carolina where the firm headquarters is still situated. His father sold the firm in 1956 and young Robert went to the University of Miami. From 1961 to 1963 he was back in the Carolinas working for the chain of Colonial Stores until he secured financing to open his 1st Ingles store in Asheville in 1963.