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Supermarket chain builder Alfred Maloley dies

FORT WAYNE – Alfred Maloley, who took over a family business of small stores and built it into the Maloley Bros. supermarket chain, died Thursday. He was 100.

Maloley had also served on the board of the Peoples Trust and Savings Co., was president of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Fort Wayne Better Business Bureau, and had served on the board of the Fine Arts Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, and the development committee for the Indiana Institute of Technology.

Maloley’s father had opened a store at Harrison and Superior streets in 1910. Maloley and his brother, Michael, took over the family business in 1931. They built their first market, a 700-square-foot store, in 1933, and eventually opened five more stores.

In 1956 Maloley opened his first supermarket and within four years had closed all the small stores and was operating six supermarkets.

The chain ultimately became the largest supermarket chain in Fort Wayne with 1,200 employees in 16 stores in northeast Indiana, a trading stamp operation and a bakery.

In 1980, the grocery chain was sold to Super Valu Stores.

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