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Remembering the life, legacy of Earl Redner

Grocery chain founder passed away in April

VIDEO: Remembering Earl Redner

Remembering a legend.

"From a grandson to a grandfather, I'll miss all of the talks that we had," grandson Ryan Redner said.

"He was my mentor," said son Dick Redner.

Dick, Gary and Ryan Redner sat down with 69 News to reminiscence about the life and legacy of Earl Redner, the founder of Berks County-based Redner's Markets.

"We bought the two stores up here, 44 years old he used his own money," said Dick.

Those two stores would quickly grow into an empire.

"He went from two stores in 1970 to 10 stores and five convenience stores in 1990. Took our sales from a million dollars the first year to $200 million," he said.

But Earl didn't stop there. Now, there are 53 Redner's grocery and convenience stores in parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. As his company grew, his employees benefited as much as he did, because the Redner family owns 51 percent of the company and the employees own 49 percent.

"He did that because he loved his employees and he wanted them to be a part of the company," said Dick.

The 91-year-old passed away earlier this month. He loved to travel just about as much as he loved being a grocer.

"He went to Europe about six months before he retired, and I didn't hear from him for a month," said Dick.

When he got back from that trip in 1990, he decided to retire and handed the company over to his son. Dick has been running it ever since, and he said he's sure his father would be excited for all the changes in the works.

"When I step back and just look at what he started and created, and what we have taken it to," Dick said with a grin. "I know he is smiling down looking and saying, 'You boys go for it.'"

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