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The Golub Corp., parent company of Price Chopper Supermarkets, Market 32 and Market Bistro, has appointed Scott Grimmett president and COO. He is the first non-Golub in the company's history to hold the title.
Grimmett joined Price Chopper as EVP and COO in 2012 after 37 years at Safeway, the last nine of which he spent as president of the Pleasanton, Calif.-based chain’s 143-store Denver division.
"We knew that Scott had the skills to help propel our company forward in an increasingly competitive marketplace and challenging economy," said CEO Jerry Golub, the former president, to whom Grimmett continues to report. "He is an innovative and strategic leader with a customer-centric focus and deep understanding of how to make the shopping experience a true differentiator. He has made a tremendous contribution to the evolution of our brand over the last three years." According to a company spokesman in an e-mail to PG, "Jerry Golub is focusing his efforts on being the CEO of the company."
"Scott's strategic vision has guided the creation of our new brand architecture, which serves as the foundation for our next generation of stores and our transformation to [foodservice-oriented banner] Market 32," added Executive Chairman Neil Golub, "and his leadership in implementing and communicating what defines our new brand is helping us to deliver the multifaceted, progressive shopping experience that the customers of today and tomorrow are seeking."
The Schenectady, N.Y.-based Golub Corp. owns and operates 135 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Golub's 22,000 employees collectively own more than 47 percent of the company's privately held stock, making it one of the nation's largest privately held corporations that's predominantly employee-owned.