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    Niemann Foods Promotes Operations, Marketing Execs

    Jim Cox becomes s.v.p., which Ron Cook is named v.p. by the 60-store grocer.

    Niemann Foods, Inc. (NFI) said it has promoted two industry vets: Jim Cox to s.v.p. in charge of operations, and Ron Cook to v.p. and director of marketing.

    In his new post, Cox's responsibilities encompass all aspects of Niemann Foods' supermarket, pharmacy, and Ace Hardware operations. A 20-year veteran of the company, Cox was named a v.p. in 2004.

    As Niemann's new marketing chief, Cook will coordinate all marketing activities for retailer's supermarket, convenience stores, pharmacy, pet, and hardware store formats. Cook joined NFI in 2003, after 27 years with Nash Finch.

    The Quincy, Ill.-based NFI operates 37 supermarkets, seven pharmacies and 11 c-stores primarily under the County Market banner, along with 11 Save-A-Lots and two Pet Supplies Plus throughout Illinois, Missouri and Iowa The employee-owned company also anticipates opening three Ace Hardware stores in 2008.

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