Arizona

Mar 26, 2013 9:34 PM by Associated Press

Eddie Basha passes away

PHOENIX (AP) - The chairman and CEO of the Bashas' family-owned grocery store chain in Arizona is dead at age 75.

Family members say Eddie Basha died Tuesday.

A cause of death wasn't immediately released, but Basha's family say he had been in failing health for some time.

Basha's grandfather and father opened the first of what would become the family-owned supermarket chain in 1932.

He took over the business at age 31 when his dad died in 1968.

Bashas' has grown to more than 130 stores around Arizona and also owns the A.J.'s Fine Foods and Food City stores.

Basha served on the Arizona Board of Regents and unsuccessfully ran for Arizona governor in 1994.

He's survived by his wife and six sons.

Funeral plans weren't immediately released.

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