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Loblaw makes executive appointments

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Canada’s Loblaw Cos. announced a series of executive appointments, including the naming of Mark Butler as executive VP integration.

In the newly created role, Butler will take on responsibility for planning the integration of Shoppers Drug Mart, while ensuring it remains an independent division. He has 37 years with Loblaw, and most recently was executive VP conventional division.

“Also assuming a newly created role within the company is Grant Froese, who has been appointed chief administrative officer. Froese assumes responsibility for supply chain, IT and SAP implementation, as well as the division support functions of control brands, e-commerce, goods not for resale, offshore procurement and marketing. He has more than 35 years of experience at Loblaw and most recently held the position of executive VP discount division.

“With improved positioning and an enhanced customer offer, our discount and conventional divisions are well positioned with a strong internal leadership team ready to build on the foundation set by Grant and Mark," said Vicente Trius, president of Loblaw Cos. "We are excited to announce the appointment of two experienced executives, Garry Senecal and Andrew Iacobucci, to lead our conventional and discount divisions, respectively."

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Report: Trader Joe’s to open store in Hingham, Mass., in October

BY Dan Berthiaume

Monrovia, Calif. – Trader Joe’s will reportedly open a new store in the Hingham Shipyard complex in Hingham, Mass., on Oct. 4.

According to the Hingham Journal, Trader Joe’s signed a lease with Samuels & Associates in winter 2012 to open a 12,000-sq.-ft. store in the Launch portion of the Shipyard complex.

The store will be sited between a CVS and a building housing a Talbot’s and Vitamin Shoppe. Local authorities have approved a development plan that includes a pedestrian walkway and landscaping as well as the store itself.

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Schnuck Markets names former Giant-Landover prez as strategy chief

BY CSA STAFF

Former president of Giant-Landover, Anthony Hucker, has joined Schnuck Markets as EVP and chief strategy officer.

Hucker recently resigned as president of Giant-Landover, a chain owned by Ahold USA that runs 169 stores in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas.

"Anthony is a tremendous talent who shares our values; he’s customer-focused and a true merchant in every sense," Schnucks chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck said. "We expect that he will add velocity to efforts that will ensure Schnucks’ continued growth and success."

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