NILES -- Longtime grocer Gilbert A. Macali Sr., 93, passed away Saturday at his residence.
He and his brother Palmer ``Barney'' Macali opened their first Niles grocery store in 1948. In 1979, they purchased an old A&P grocery store at 48 Vienna Ave. and took on the Valu King franchise. Today, this location is run under the name Macali's Niles Giant Eagle.
Macali served 20 years as president of the Niles Civil Service Commission and was a member of the Niles Historical Society, Friends of the Library and trustees circle of the Butler Institute of American Art.