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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. on Thursday announced Jim Thatcher as division manager of SaveRite Grocery Warehouse Inc., effective immediately. Thatcher will report to John Sheehan, senior v.p. of operations.
Thatcher will be responsible for overseeing the operations and merchandising of Winn-Dixie's SaveRite division, which includes 59 SaveRite price-impact stores. He replaces Rob Rowe, who has left the company
The first SaveRite opened in October 2000 in Orlando, Fla. Other SaveRite stores and five Sack-and-Save stores are located in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.
Thatcher was most recently with Fleming Foods Inc., where he served as president of Southern operations for Fleming Retail and president of Fleming IGA. He was responsible for operation of the Fleming-owned Price Impact stores in Texas and New Mexico, as well as for Fleming's largest independent customer base, IGA, representing $2.1 billion in wholesale transfers.
Prior to joining Fleming Foods, Thatcher was president of University Foods, a Food 4 Less subsidiary of Fleming. His retail career also includes experience with Kash-N-Karry and Albertson's Inc. where he served as director of retail operations for the Florida Division.