Lee H. Javitch, the one-time president and chairman of Giant Food Stores in Carlisle, Pa., which was founded by his father, David, as the Carlisle Meat Market, has died. Born in 1931 in Carlisle, Javitch grew the chain to more than 30 locations.
“As the son of the company’s founder, Lee grew up in the grocery business from working in his father’s store to rising through the leadership ranks to become Giant president in 1968 and chairman from 1979 to 1982,” noted Rick Herring, current president of Giant-Carlisle, which became part of Ahold USA in 1981. “He presided over Giant during a period of great growth, and Giant today operates 183 stores in four states.”
Added Herring: “Lee always took a great interest in his colleagues, helping to guide them through their careers. He cared about the happiness and well-being of all associates, and he emphasized how critical each associate was to the success of the business. “Lee Javitch was an icon in the grocery industry, and created a legacy of generosity and service that defined an organization. He inspired Giant/Martin’s associates and developed a focus on customer service that became the foundation for our company’s success. Indeed, his passionate involvement in the community still motivates us today.”
Survivors include Javitch’s wife of 38 years, Rona; three children; and four grandchildren.