Stater Bros. has announced that VP of real estate Mike Slaton passed away suddenly on Sept. 28. He was 51 years old.
As a tribute to Slaton, the 44,000-sq.-ft. Stater Bros. supermarket that opened recently in Redlands, Calif., will be dedicated in his honor.
“Mike was a very loyal and committed member of the Stater Bros. Family and started his career with Stater Bros. as a Courtesy Clerk in Redlands, Calif., when he was 16 years old. His contributions to our company were immeasurable and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him,” stated chairman and CEO Jack H. Brown.
The family has requested donations in Slaton’s honor be made to Stater Bros. Charities and a scholarship fund will be set up in his name at California State University, San Bernardino — his alma mater. The company asks that checks be addressed to Stater Bros. Charities, P.O. Box 150, San Bernardino, California 92402.
Stater Bros. is the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2012 of $3.9 billion. The company currently operates 166 supermarkets.