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OP-ED | The Man Who Made Food Shopping Fun

Opinion writer Peter Funt tells us that when Stew Leonard opened what he dubbed a “dairy store” in Norwalk in 1969, it was a wonder of marketing, with a petting zoo, animated Disney-style characters and an on-site bottling plant. The concepts he pioneered in that supermarket are seen today at Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Whole Foods. You’d think such an innovator would resent those who profited off his ideas. Not Leonard, who died last week at 93. He encouraged and even mentored food merchants around the world.