13 Facts About Roy Furr


Roy Furr was the president of the Furr's chain of supermarkets and restaurants after his older brother Key Furr.

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Roy Furr studied at Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas, and the University of Oklahoma at Norman.

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Roy Furr taught school until 1923, when he rejoined his father and older brother Key Furr in Amarillo to launch the Furr Food Stores.

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In 1929 Roy moved to Lubbock, where the Furr family bought six grocery stores from M systems, the continuation of the chain.

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Roy Furr was the chairman of the board of Farm Pac Kitchens, Rore Realty Company, and Crone Oil Company, all companies that he established as he branched out from his supermarket business using money from the family business.

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Roy Furr served as a director of the First National Bank of Lubbock.

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Roy Furr was on the boards of regents of Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian College, and McMurry College in Abilene, Texas.

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Roy Furr thought that the highest honor he ever received was the Great Americanism Award, which he accepted in the early 1970s from radio personality Paul Harvey as a commendation for his outstanding achievement in philanthropic work.

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Roy Furr raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various causes.

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Roy Furr entered the retail business, ultimately known as Furr's Inc, in 1923 and with his father and older brother Key Furr, began a grocery store expansion in 1929.

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In 1987, Roy Furr's purchased the Safeway El Paso division, which added 59 stores and a warehouse.

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Later that year, Roy Furr's purchased 13 Safeway stores in New Mexico, and the company operated 75 grocery stores.

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On February 8,2001, Roy Furr's sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and then ultimately converted the filing to Chapter 7, thus liquidating all of its properties and ceasing business operations.

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