BANGOR -- Douglas Brown, founder of Doug's Shop 'n Save Supermarkets and a community leader in the Bangor area, died Thursday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 76.
The Lubec native and former bag boy at a Red and White store in South Portland established a chain of eight stores in eastern Maine, then sold it to Hannaford Bros. Co. in 1989, when he turned 60.
Mr. Brown went to work for Hannaford straight out of high school, running a Red and White store in Thomaston.
After a series of jobs in store management, sales, development, and retail operations, he decided at about age 30 to go into business for himself.
With Hannaford as his partner, Mr. Brown opened his first store, in Bangor, in 1960. He expanded to Brewer, Old Town, Bucksport, and Ellsworth.