Last updated on June 22nd, 2016 at 10:18 am
Harry Blazer opened his first Harry’s Farmers Market in Alpharetta, Georgia, in 1988. Blazer grew the business into three mega-stores and six Harry’s in a Hurry locations, generating revenues of $140 million and employing 1,200 people. Admitting later that the company expanded so fast it “ran out of runway,” Blazer sold to Whole Foods Market in 2001. Now, At 65, he remains a visionary and a consultant for hire in the grocery industry. Shelby Publishing Co. President and Publisher Ron Johnston had the opportunity to interview Blazer in April. Read excerpts from the interview below and in the June 2016 print edition of The Shelby Report of the Southeast.