Mark Raymond Whitten
Mr Whitten worked for Coles for 12 years, during which time he became the Fruit and Vegetable District Supervisor. He and his family then made a bold move and purchased his first independent store in Canberra. Mr Whitten operated this store for 6 years before selling it, and another store that he had acquired, before moving to Queensland in 1987.
Upon his arrival in Queensland, Mr Whitten purchased supermarkets at Browns Plains and Daisy Hill. He was also the Deputy Chairman of SPAR Ltd during 1998/99. He then opened and operated the SPAR Bellbowrie store until August 2001. In July 2000 he purchased the 5 star store in Lowood, which in October 2005 was relocated to a new purpose built premises and re-branded Supa IGA Lowood.