Interviewees

Bildner, Allen I.

Description:

Born into a family of supermarket industry pioneers, Mr. Bildner grew up watching his parents, Joseph and Rebecca, grow the Kings Super Market chain across Northern NJ. He attended Dartmouth College during World War II and earned a commission in the US Navy through the V-12 Program. After his service, he graduated from Dartmouth and the Tuck School of Business and joined the family business. Mr. Bildner become president of Kings in 1958, led Kings toward a high-end food market model in the 1970s and oversaw the chain's sale to British retailer Marks & Spencer in 1988. He also became nationally-known in the food industry's professional associations, particularly as Chairman of the Board of the Food Marketing Institute.