The United States Post Office building in San Bernardino, California, will be named after former Stater Bros. Executive Chairman Jack H. Brown.
A dedication ceremony for the Jack H. Brown Post Office Building is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, April 22, at the U.S. Post Office on West Fifth Street in downtown San Bernardino.
Brown died in 2016, after years of service to Stater Bros. and the San Bernardino community. A U.S. Navy veteran, Brown was inducted into the Food Industry Hall of Fame just months before he died.
Brown began his supermarket career as a box boy at Berk’s Market Spot in San Bernardino at the age of 13, sparking a 65-year career in the grocery industry. Brown was passionate about the supermarket industry. He loved his “family” of employees and the loyal Stater Bros.’ customers.
Brown joined Stater Bros. in 1981. He served as president and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets for more than 35 years and as chairman for more than 30 years. Brown became the executive chairman after appointing Pete Van Helden to the position of president and CEO in 2016.
In 2004, he received the Friend of the Veteran Award from the Riverside National Cemetery’s Veterans’ Advisory Committee for his continued support of volunteer services to veterans and their families. Brown also received the Patriot Award in 2011, the highest award the Congressional Medal of Honor Society can bestow upon an individual.
In addition, Brown was one of 10 distinguished Americans to receive the 1992 Horatio Alger Award in Washington, D.C., in recognition of his outstanding contributions to America and the American dream.
A native son of San Bernardino, Brown was proud to call San Bernardino his hometown. He dedicated his life to serving the Inland Empire.
Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County. The company currently operates 172 supermarkets, and there are approximately 17,000 members of the Stater Bros. supermarket family.