SpartanNash announced plans to expand the role of one of its center store executives. This week, former Vice President, Center Store Merchandising Joseph McQuesten will be promoted to the role of Senior Vice President, Center Store and Fresh Merchandising—effective October 8, 2018—taking the reins of the company’s fresh food operations.
McQuesten first joined SpartanNash in 2011—becoming Vice President, Center Store Merchandising in 2014. In that capacity, McQuesten has been responsible for category management, pharmacy merchandising, promotional programs, retail pricing, and shelf implementation for both the company’s corporate retail stores and wholesale independent customers.
According to a press release, McQuesten will now oversee SpartanNash’s merchandising center of excellence for both center store and fresh. In his new role, McQuesten will develop innovative retail programs for independent customers, national accounts, and the company’s more than 135 corporate retail stores.
“As SpartanNash continues to expand its organic, local, and fresh perimeter offerings to meet our customers’ growing appetite for quality produce, meat, seafood, dairy, deli, and all things quick and easy, we wanted to ensure our center store and fresh offerings are working together to provide our full range of customer solutions,” Larry Pierce, EVP, Merchandising and Marketing, noted in SpartanNash’s press release. “Joe’s expertise in center store and experience with fresh merchandising make him ideally suited for this role as we continue to grow our offering.”
Before joining SpartanNash, McQuesten served as a Division Vice President at Kmart, managing center store, fresh, marketing, and operations for the company’s Super K division. In total, McQuesten brings more than 30 years of center store and merchandising experience to his latest role.
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