The Save Mart Companies announces retirement of Steve Junqueiro

Modesto, CA, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — After a remarkable 43 years of dedicated service with The Save Mart Companies, Steve Junqueiro has announced that he will retire on June 1. As he steps away from his day-to-day role, Steve will remain actively involved in the company by maintaining his position on The Save Mart Companies board of directors and joining The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation board of directors.

“I’m so grateful to The Save Mart Companies for the challenging and fulfilling career it has provided me over the years. I’ve sustained lifelong friendships here and have been fortunate to witness, participate in and lead many of the company’s defining moments. As we move through this new phase of The Save Mart Companies, I feel confident that the momentum, vision and energy we have today will carry the company to new heights. This is the right time for me to step aside, enjoy retirement with my family and smile knowing all that we have accomplished together here at The Save Mart Companies,” Steve explained.

Steve’s career with Save Mart began in 1974 as a produce clerk in Tracy #15 and Manteca #12. With his keen eye for merchandising and operational leadership, Steve quickly worked his way up through the business. In June 1994, Steve was promoted to Director of Produce and Floral to replace the retiring Frank Siciliani, the company’s first Produce Director. In June 2004, Bob asked Steve to join the Executive Committee and elevated him to Vice President of Operations. To oversee the huge acquisition in 2007, Steve became Executive Vice President. Since then, Steve has remained in executive roles including President and Chief Operating Officer.

“I’m so thankful for the many years of dedication and service that Steve has given to The Save Mart Companies and to my family. He’s been an integral part of the company’s success. I’m looking forward to working with Steve in this new capacity and wish him all the best during this exciting time in his life,” said Nicole Pesco.

Throughout his career, Steve has served on many industry and charitable boards including the Food Marketing Institute, California Grocers Association, Produce Marketing Association, Western Association of Food Chains, and the City of Hope. In 2011 Steve was inducted into the California Grocer’s Hall of fame. He has also received several industry and leadership accolades, including: 2000 Produce Merchandising’s 2000 Retailer of the Year, 2002 The Packer’s 2002 Produce Marketer of the Year, and the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award.

Steve and his wife, Theresa, have been married for 42 years. Their son Steven lives in Modesto with his wife Noemi and Steve’s four grandchildren: Sophia, Mia, Steven III and Michael. Their daughter Natalie and husband Randy, live in Southern California.

Operations & Supply Chain will report to the CEO

The office of the president will be absorbed by Nicole Pesco as the Chief Executive Officer. Frank Capps, Mike Haaf and Randy Slentz, the banner General Managers, as well as James Orr, Sr. Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, will now report to Nicole.

Greg Hill continues in role as Chief Financial Officer

With this strategic realignment, Greg Hill will continue in his role as Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for Finance, IT, Real Estate and Engineering. Greg joined TSMC in 2012 with extensive experience in corporate leadership, serving on executive teams for both private and public companies as chief financial officer, general manager, and chief executive officer.

Chris McGarry named Chief Administrative Officer

Chris McGarry has been named The Save Mart Companies Chief Administrative Officer, assuming responsibility for the Strategy Office and Strategic Execution, Human Resources, Legal and Labor Relations. Chris has served as the Strategy Office Lead with accountability for driving the work of the Strategy Reset. Before joining TSMC, Chris was with The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) for 12 years with his most recent role as the Chief Administrative Officer. Chris is a seasoned strategic advisor of boards of directors and senior executives with solid results in managing financial, legal, risk, real estate, human resources and other functional areas.

Source: Foodmaxx

The Save Mart Companies announces the appointment of Nicole Piccinini Pesco as CEO

Modesto, Calif., 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Save Mart Companies announced today (Dec 1, 2016) the appointment of Nicole Piccinini Pesco as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Most recently Pesco served as Co-President & Chief Strategy and Branding Officer. The Save Mart Companies is a family-owned, privately held company. Based in the heart of the Central Valley, The Save Mart Companies is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs nearly 16,000 team members and operates 206 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, Lucky California, FoodMaxx, S-Mart, and MaxxValue.

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Source: Save Mart Companies

The Save Mart Companies to rebrand Food Source store in North Highlands into FoodMaxx following its acquisition

Modesto, Calif., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Save Mart Companies has acquired the Food Source store located at 7477 Watt Avenue in North Highlands. The Company will move its FoodMaxx store at 8065 Watt Avenue in Antelope to the new location, just a mile down the street. Food Source will close September 24. So as not to leave the community without a low price, value grocery store, the FoodMaxx store in Antelope will remain open until the grand opening of the new North Highlands location on October 12.

“The North Highlands location provides FoodMaxx a broader reach in this neighborhood—and I think shoppers will love our new look and feel,” said Frank Capps, General Manager of FoodMaxx, one of the brands operated by The Save Mart Companies.

All team members at the current FoodMaxx location will move to the North Highlands store. The North Highlands community should continue to see some of their favorite Foods Source faces, as the new FoodMaxx store will need 20-30 more employees. The Company hopes to hire from the current Food Source team.

All 52 FoodMaxx stores have recently been rebranded with a fresh new look, layout and fixtures. The North Highlands location will also have these same new features, while offering our signature bargain prices for name-brand products.

In mid-November, FoodMaxx will enter the Northern Nevada market for the first time with a new store in both Carson City and Sparks.

SOURCE: FoodMaxx