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Ahold’s Giant/Martin unit taps former Save-A-Lot exec as president

BY Staff Writer

Carlisle, Pa. — Ahold USA on Monday announced that Tom Lenkevich will join the company’s Giant/Martin’s division as president, effective March 4.

Lenkevich, who most recently served as COO and senior VP retail operations at Save-A-Lot Food Stores, will manage all aspects of the division, with responsibility for Giant and Martin’s sales, operating profits, organization and people.

“Tom’s decades of grocery experience combined with his central Pennsylvanian roots makes him a great addition to the Giant/Martin’s division and the Ahold USA leadership team,” stated James McCann, COO Ahold USA. “In addition to leading the division, Tom will be driving activities to achieve sales results and working with the Giant/Martin’s team to preserve the heritage of the local brand while at the same time reshaping retail with a strong focus on reinvesting in value and quality, and offering customers an omnichannel shopping experience to meet their needs both today and in the future.”

Giant/Martin operates nearly 200 supermarkets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia under the banners of Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets.

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Aaron’s names new VP of franchising

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – Michael P. Ryan, operational VP of Aaron’s Inc., has been named VP of franchising. Todd Evans, current VP of franchising, will be leaving Aaron’s to pursue other opportunities.

Henri Rogers, senior regional manager for Aaron’s Three Rivers region, will succeed Ryan as divisional VP of northern operations.

"I’m very pleased that Michael, one of our most successful and talented operational VPs, has accepted the leadership reigns and will now serve as VP of franchising," said David L. Buck, Aaron’s COO. "Michael’s background is deeply rooted in operations and we are confident that his experience will bring immediate value and support to the franchisees and continued expansion of our franchise operations."

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Sears: No indication of data breach yet

BY Marianne Wilson

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. on Friday acknowledged that it is reviewing its systems to see if it has been the victim of a security breach. To date, it hasn’t found any indication of a breach, the retailer said.

Sears issued a statement after Bloomberg News reported on Friday that the U.S. Secret Service was investigating a possible breach at Sears. The report cited a person familiar with the investigation.

“There have been rumors and reports throughout the retail industry of security incidents at various retailers, and we are actively reviewing our systems to determine if we have been a victim of a breach,” Sears said in its statement. “We have found no information based on our review of our systems to date indicating a breach.”

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