Rob Bartels Sr., former CEO of Martin's Super Markets, dies at 78


By: Krystal Vivian

The man who led Martin’s Super Markets for 32 years died Friday, July 18.

Rob Bartels Sr. took the single mom-and-pop Martin’s Super Market store on Portage Road and grew it into a regional grocery chain in Indiana and Michigan after he became CEO in 1973, according to South Bend Tribune.

In all, Bartels spent 51 years working for Martin’s Super Markets and 32 as president and CEO. The businesses was founded in 1947 by Jane and Martin Tarnow, the parents of Bartels’ wife Nancy.

Bartels’ son, Rob Bartels Jr., became CEO and president in 2005, keeping the company’s family-owned legacy.

Visitation is from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by the 5:30 p.m. funeral Wednesday, July 22, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 W. Frances St., South Bend.

Read more about Bartels’ life in the full story from South Bend Tribune.