Brian Wilson of The Flint Journal reports:
"[He] worked on the kill floor of a slaughterhouse as a six year old. He dropped out of school after the eighth grade. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in World War II
"Yott opened his first supermarket in 1948 after his friend Al Feke won a new house in a General Motors raffle.
"The house was sold and a business was born. Eventually, the two opened nine area stores, which were sold off to various other grocers, including Kroger and Hickory Meat Block, in the late 70s.""He really was a self-made man," his oldest son, Daryl Yott, said. "He'd pore over things and learn them himself."