West Bridgewater, Mass. Shaw’s said Thursday that Larry Wahlstrom, president of Shaw’s Osco and Star Market, will retire after 38 years in the drug and food retailing industry.
Mike Witynski, group VP Our Own Brands for Supervalu, will replace Wahlstrom as president.
Wahlstrom has served in a wide range of positions in both food and drug store operations. He began his career in 1971 at Osco Drug as a store associate in Green Bay, Wis., before rising through the ranks in a number of leadership roles including store director, VP of the Osco New England division, and president of one of the Albertsons food divisions. He also held a number of corporate leadership assignments for Albertsons before becoming president of Jewel-Osco in 2004. He became Shaw’s president in September 2007.