Founder of George’s International Market, George Rongos, dies at 87

George's International Market announces death of George Rongos
George's International Market announces death of George Rongos(WPTA)
Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 4:08 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The founder of George’s International Market, George Rongos, passed away Sunday, October 16. George’s International Market announced his death in a Facebook post Monday. George was 87 years old.

George's International Market announces death of George Rongos
George's International Market announces death of George Rongos(Fort Wayne's NBC)

According to the market’s website, George moved to the United States from Kastoria, Greece where he began dreaming of providing Fort Wayne shoppers with more diverse foods from around the world. To fulfill his dream, George opened George’s International Market on Taylor Street. George made weekly trips to Chicago to hand pick meats, cheeses, and produce. George ran the store for 12 years before his sons Chris and Jerry took over the business. George’s International Grocery outgrew their Taylor Street location, and moved into a larger shop on Broadway Street where it is today.

Salsa Grille also began in George’s International Market and has since expanded into 4 locations across Fort Wayne.