Portsmouth, Va - Local supermarket leader Gene Walters passed away Wednesday.
For years, Walters ran the Farm Fresh supermarkets and oftenappeared in commercials with his famous line "Tell a friend."
He left and started his own local chain, Gene WaltersMarketplace, but later sold the chain and rejoined Farm Fresh as aconsultant.
Ron Dennis, president and chief operating officer for FarmFresh, said Walters will be remembered for his leadership skillsand ingenuity.
"He cared so much for his associates, his customers and he wascommitted to the Hampton Roads community," Dennis said. "Geneis Farm Fresh, was and always will be Farm Fresh. Gene is an iconin this business. Virtually anybody and everybody you speak to inthis industry and in this community respected Gene and looked up tohim, without exception."
Walters was 86 years old and lived in Virginia Beach.
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