Embodying the ingenuity of retail, Big Y Foods’ most recent executive hire is upping the retailer’s game in a crucial operation. Michael R. Cormier, who was recently appointed to Vice President of Center Store, will be responsible for all center store sales, retail pricing, and space management departments for the 70-store chain.
Throughout his career, Cormier has held a variety of leadership positions. For over 23 years, he has worked his way up in the grocery business. In 1996, he started full time on the grocery night crew at Price Chopper Supermarkets in Connecticut. One year later, he was promoted to Grocery Manager and then continued on to additional roles such as Assistant Store Manager and ultimately Store Manager. In 2001, he became Store Manager for Adams Hometown Markets in its West Hartford store before becoming Grocery Category Sales Manager and then Director of Retail Sales for its 35 markets.
After that, a press release noted, Cormier then moved from retailer to wholesaler positions through his appointment as Grocery Category Sales Manager for Bozzuto’s, serving retailers in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. By 2008, he moved back to Price Chopper as a Grocery Department Category Sales Manager for the chain and continued on to other capacities such as Director of Center Store, Vice President of Own Brands, and in 2013, Vice President of Center Store.
In 2016, he was appointed Senior Director of Customer Development for C&S Wholesale Grocers until his appointment at Big Y in 2019 as Senior Director of Center Store. In his newest role of Vice President of Center Store, Cormier will report to Guy W. McFarlane, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Before he started his career in retail, Cormier served in the United States Navy both here and abroad as a Hospital Corpsman and was honorably discharged in 1990. He is a member of the American Legion, and in 1998, he served as a selectman for the town of Sandisfield, Massachusetts. He has completed Cornell University’s Food Executive Program, attended the University of North Carolina, and is the recipient of several supermarket merchandising awards.
All of us here at Deli Market News extend a congratulations to Michael R. Cormier on this new role.