He attended the University of Washington, where he rowed on the Crew team, and served two years in the Navy. He worked at several grocery stores in North Seattle, then in 1955 bought the IGA at 73rd & Greenwood, which became Ken Giles IGA. In 1964, Ken and his partner Vic Kaloper bought the store on Queen Anne, then sold it to concentrate on other branches.
Ken’s three sons — Greg, Steve, and Scott — worked with him in the business off and on as they grew up. In 1984, they repurchased the Ken’s Market Queen Ann store from the family Ken and Vic had sold it to.
Reference: Queen Anne Grocery Stores