1970s to 1980s
The Second and Third Generations of the Durbans (John, Bill, Jack) and the First and Second Generations of the Eritanos (Tom, Tommy and David) continue in the food business (wholesaling, meat markets and meat distribution).
Growing in their careers in the 1970’s to the 1990’s, both John and Bill Durban were instrumental in helping with retailers such at that time (Mayfair, Hughes Markets, Boys Markets, Jensen’s and Market Basket stores) as well as today’s dominant local chains such as Gelson’s, Superior Markets, Cardenas Markets, Wolfe’s Markets, Vallarta Markets, Super One, Northgate Markets and many others.
Second Generation (The Durbans)
Bill Durban was also born in Akron, Ohio (younger brother of John). He also started working in the family’s supermarkets at a young age. Once the Durban’s sold the supermarket business and moved to Southern California (in the early 1950’s), Bill grew up helping with the newest Durban’s Meats locations. Following John Durban’s path, Bill also started his food career at Certified Grocers. Bill was involved in the purchasing departments at Certified Grocers eventually becoming one of the managing buyers. Bill was instrumental in creating best practices within the buying department; creating innovative in-store marketing campaigns; the Certified Grocers private label programs (ex: Springfield); and was instrumental in being a partner and advisor for the annual Certified Grocers trade show in Los Angeles. Vendors from national companies such as Nestle, Kellogg’s, Proctor and Gamble, Carnation and many others were very good friends with Bill over the years, together creating the best buying programs for retailers such as Alpha Beta and Hughes.
Second Generation (The Eritanos)
Our Cousins, Tommy and David (also part-timer, Russell) and Uncle Monte carried on with Tommy and David’s legacy in the meat market and meat distribution business. They not only had a small chain of butcher shops they also created a dominant regional Southern California meat and grocery distribution distribution business (Kern County, Los Angeles County) that was eventually bought out by the number one food service wholesaler in the world, Sysco.
Our Cousins, Tommy and David (also part-timer, Russell) and Uncle Monte carried on with Uncle Tom’s legacy in the meat market and meat distribution business. They not only had a small chain of butcher shops they also created a dominant regional Southern California meat and grocery distribution distribution business (Kern County, Los Angeles County) that was eventually bought out by the number one food service wholesaler in the world, Sysco. During their heyday, they distributed to 100’s of accounts throughout Southern California.
Our Uncle Monte, was involved in the Eritano meat distribution business. Uncle Monte was involved in helping manage the day-to-day operations, routing the drivers and daily deliveries as well was involved in helping with the sales operations. He was instrumental in helping land customers such as the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi, California, the Arvin Union School District, Bakersfield City School District, Caliente Union Elementary School District, Coco’s Restaurants, Carrow’s Restaurants, Hughes Markets and many others (over the years).