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Hannaford Supermarkets President Brad Wise will retire on June 30. Michael Vail, chief merchant and supply chain officer for parent company Delhaize America, will succeed him.
A 30-year veteran of Hannaford and Delhaize America, Wise began his career with the organization as a retail management trainee and later served as store manager and regional VP of retail operations. Before becoming Hannaford's president in 2012, Wise was Delhaize America’s SVP of human resources.
Vail, who has been with the company for 29 years, has held such roles as retail management trainee, store manager, district manager, category manager, director of deli merchandising, and president and COO of Hannaford's former sister banner, Sweetbay Supermarket, in Florida.
"Brad's announcement of his retirement marks a transition in his distinguished and successful career with our company," noted Kevin Holt, CEO of Salisbury, N.C.-based Delhaize America. "During the next few months, Brad and Mike will work together to develop a smooth transition plan to ensure the continued forward momentum of our Hannaford strategic plan." Holt added that the grocer was "able to tap into strong internal talent to ensure a seamless transition."
Scarborough, Maine-based Hannaford has 186 stores in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group, operates more than 1,200 supermarkets in the eastern United States.