Arif Dar
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Grocery retailer/distributor names CIO, completes acquisition

BY Marianne Wilson

SpartanNash has a new IT head.

SpartanNash named Arif Dar as chief information officer for the company, effective January 2, 2019, succeeding David deS. Couch, who is retiring effective Feb. 2. Since 2015, Dar has served as the CIO for SC Johnson and Sons, global manufacturer of household cleaning supplies and consumer goods with operations in more than 60 countries.

In addition to working for SC Johnson, Dar has held executive IT positions at Maple Leaf Foods (Toronto), Bombardier Transportation (Berlin, Germany), General Motors (Michigan), Tyco International (New Jersey) and General Electric (USA, Asia, Middle East, Europe, Americas).

“We look forward to having Arif join the company,” said SpartanNash president and CEO David M. Staples, “as his record of large scale IT strategic planning and execution combined with his vision, collaborative leadership, supply chain experience and knowledge of the food distribution industry lay the foundation for success at SpartanNash.”

In other news, SpartanNash said it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Martin’s Super Markets, a family-owned and operated Midwest independent supermarket chain. Under the terms of the agreement, SpartanNash acquired 21 Martin’s Super Markets, eight fuel centers, 17 in-store pharmacies, a pharmacy at Saint Joseph Health System in Mishawaka, Ind., a Martin’s Express convenience store in South Bend, Ind., and a Side Door Café at Elkhart General Hospital.

SpartanNash’s core businesses include distributing grocery products to a diverse group of independent and chain retailers. It also operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries.

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