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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Southeastern grocery chain Bruno's Supermarkets, LLC said yesterday IT named Kent Moore president and c.e.o. for the company, succeeding David West, who will serve as chairman of the board for Bruno's.
Moore, who brings 20 years of experience in the supermarket industry, had previously served as Bruno's c.f.o. and has played a key role in partnering with senior management to develop and define Bruno's business strategies, according to the company.
In 1985, he began working in the supermarket industry with Arthur Andersen and Co., serving as the lead audit manager on the Randall's Food Markets account. In 1989, Moore was named c.f.o. of United Supermarkets and in 1998 was promoted to c.e.o. Moore was named to United's board of directors in 2002. Since leaving United in 2004, he has engaged in several consulting and business advisory services to various retailers.
Investment firm Lone Star Funds, the owners of Bruno's, moved the chain back to its hometown in March, separating it from sister company Bi-Lo of Mauldin, S.C. After the return to Birmingham, executives said they planned to strengthen service, refocus the product assortment, and improve the decor in the chain's stores.
Bruno's operates 67 stores in Alabama and the Florida panhandle, which operate under the Bruno's, Food World, and FoodMax banners.