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• The Modesto Bee this morning reports that Bob Piccinini, described as "the congenial and savvy chairman of the board and majority shareholder of the Modesto-based Save Mart Supermarkets empire," died yesterday after a two year illness. The cause of death was said to be congestive heart failure. He was 73.

The story notes that Piccinini "purchased Save Mart from the Piccinini and Tocco families in 1985 after working his way up through the ranks – box boy, truck driver, store manager, Vice President of Real Estate and on to President and Chief Executive Officer. He is credited with taking Save Mart from a homegrown, Central Valley chain to the regional competitor it is today."
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