Ingles Markets is a supermarket chain based in Asheville North Carolina. In 1963 Robert Ingle opened up his first store location in AVL. Ingles also purchased a milk plant from Sealtest which became Milko, Inc. In the 2000s Bob Ingle started Ingles Gas Express gas stations along with their supermarkets. Ingles provides jobs for around 15,000 people. Bob was also a big supporter of local farmers and Ingles is constantly sponsoring non-profits and food banks.
Robert “Bob” Ingle passed away at the age of 77 (1933-2011) on March 6, 2011. Thank you Bob for everything you have done in the Asheville / Western North Carolina community, and beyond.
(More info: Ingles has a nice stronghold in the area. Bi-Lo has pretty much disappeared, Publix has not attempted in the area. Harris Teeter, Fresh Market, Earthfare, and Greenlife / Whole Foods all have a piece of the local grocery store pie. Wal-Mart came in with their superstores and was a threat to Ingles at one time; but it has balanced out fine over the past year. )