Eddie Basha, Grocery Magnate, Dies at 75

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Eddie Basha, chairman of the Bashas' Family of Stores who regularly made appearances in the company's TV and newspaper ads for years, has died at age 75.

Basha passed away Tuesday afternoon.

The Chandler-born Basha took over his family's business, founded in 1910, in 1968, when he was 31 years old. He grew the grocery store chain to more than 150 locations with four distinct brands: AJ's Fine Foods, Food City, Sportsman's Fine Wines, and Bashas' grocery stores.

Basha also ran for governor against Republican incumbent Fife Symington in 1994. A father of six, he was also known for his philanthropic efforts and raised millions of dollars for worthwhile causes in Arizona.

Edward Basha III, president and CEO of Bashas' grocery stores, issued a statement Tuesday evening to employees.

"Eddie was always larger than life, and he gave his heart and soul to Bashas' Family of Stores," he wrote. "Ironically, Eddie never saw himself that way. He considered himself to be a Bashas' member, no different than any other, and he considered all Bashas' members to be a part of his family."

"During Eddie's lifetime, he faced many challenges, the last few years being among the most challenging," Basha wrote. "But his desire to serve the people of the state he loved so well, and to take care of the members that he cared for so much, always gave him strength in the face of adversity."

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Geronimo Arellano
Geronimo Arellano

I love Basha's. S/O to Eddie Basha for making one of the greatest grocery stores ever.

TheArizonaCitizen
TheArizonaCitizen

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

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Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

TheArizonaCitizen
TheArizonaCitizen

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

John Fees
John Fees

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

NoMatterHowSmall
NoMatterHowSmall

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

Rick B .
Rick B .

Eddie Basha was a total CLASS ACT ! he will always be missed . it has been a year since we lost our "Chubby Grocer"

kennna
kennna

My Dad knew Eddie Basha and tells me that today

NoMatterHowSmall
NoMatterHowSmall

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

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Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

Matt
Matt

marxist eddie basha jr.

John Fees
John Fees

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

Matt
Matt

a customer once asked me if i missed eddie basha

TheArizonaCitizen
TheArizonaCitizen

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

Green Way
Green Way

Make education your business. It will feed your future. Eddie Basha

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Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

NoMatterHowSmall
NoMatterHowSmall

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

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RT @arizonascge: Touching remarks by Don Brandt reflecting on the life of Eddie Basha & APS support 4 St. Vincent de Paul Breakfast.

maige partin
maige partin

Remember Eddie Basha? He dated my grandma..

AccessVentures
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Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

NoMatterHowSmall
NoMatterHowSmall

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

AccessVentures
AccessVentures

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

Chris to the Pher
Chris to the Pher

First Eddie Basha and now the president of Fry's died. Man, I need to get out of the grocery business star

Jandito
Jandito

@miss_leesh_ whoa dude! John flora died. Terrible. Eddie Basha was a class act too. May they rest in peace

Samuel Irvin
Samuel Irvin

Eddie Basha and now Jon Flora, what is this?! Phoenix is grocers hell!

TheArizonaCitizen
TheArizonaCitizen

Eddie Basha -carried this with him “The hand of help has no color. The face of caring has no shape. The language of love has no accent.”

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