He also founded the Hans Kissle Salad Co., Haverhill, Mass., known for its line of homemade-tasting salads, according to an obituary on the West Roxbury Patch website.
The Roche brothers opened their first store, which included meat and produce, in 1952 in Rosindale, Mass. Five years later, they added a grocery department, and the company took off.
Well ahead of their times, the brothers embraced the department concept and added a bakery, florist and restaurant to a store opened in 1970.
They also were credited as one of the first retailers to use large displays of bulk produce.
In 1980, they opened their first Sudbury Farms store, which catered to higher-end customers and featured a full-service buffet bar, butcher, bakery, flower stand, deli, and wine and beer aisle.
Roche was recognized for his 40 years of innovating retailing in 1992, when he was inducted into the Food Industry Hall of Fame.
As of September, the Wellesley, Mass.-based retailer included 18 Roche Bros. and three Sudbury Farms stores in Massachusetts.
It continues to be family owned, with Patrick’s sons Ed and Rick Roche at the helm.