Modesto, Calif. (March 24, 2015)—The Piccinini family announced with sadness today the passing of Robert “Bob” Piccinini, the Chairman of Save Mart Supermarkets.

In life, Bob was most passionate about two things—his family and his company. He 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 onto 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.

Bob celebrated his 50 th anniversary with the company this past summer. In September he stepped down as Chief Executive Officer, siting his confidence in the direction of the company and creating a joint partnership to lead the company:

  • Greg Hill, Co-President & Chief Finance Officer
  • Steve Junqueiro, Co-President & Chief Operating Officer
  • Nicole Pesco, Co-President & Chief Strategy & Branding Officer

Over the years, Bob heavily supported many Central Valley community organizations. Often shying away from the spotlight, the impact of his contributions did not go unnoticed.

Bob received several industry accolades throughout his career. He had partnerships and business interests and stock holdings in several real estate ventures and entertainment businesses, including the Golden State Warriors.

Bob passed Tuesday morning at his Modesto home. He is survived by children Nicole Pesco, Joseph Piccinini, Alexandria Piccinini, and Dominic Piccinini; and was preceded in death by son Michael Piccinini. Bob was 73.

For more information please contact Stacia Hill Levenfeld at 209.480.8334.

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