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Hannaford Supermarkets has renamed its store manager of the year award after Ronald C. Hodge, who retired last week as CEO of the Northeast grocery banner’s parent company, Delhaize America, after more than 40 years in the supermarket industry.
The annual award recognizes the Hannaford store manager who best exemplifies the leadership qualities espoused by Hodge, who was a highly successful store manager earlier in his career.
“Ron has a unique way of making associates feel valued and cared about and supported,” said Beth Newlands Campbell, president of Scarborough, Maine-based Hannaford, which operates 181 stores in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. “He understands that store managers are the lifeblood of our business. Great store managers lead. They listen. They coach. They inspire. And day after day, year after year, they overcome challenges to succeed.”
Before helming Salisbury, N.C.-based Delhaize America, Hodge was CEO of Delhaize America Operations and EVP and CEO of Hannaford. He joined Hannaford in 1980 and rose through the ranks to become the banner’s president in 2000 and its CEO in 2001.
On Oct. 15, Roland Smith succeeded Hodge as president and CEO of Delhaize America and EVP of Delhaize Group. In addition to Hannaford, other Delhaize America banners include Food Lion, Bottom Dollar Food, Sweetbay Supermarket, Reid’s and Harveys.