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PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway, Inc. said yesterday it has hired Whole Foods Market Northern California division president Anthony Gilmore as a v.p. of lifestyle.
According to published reports, Gilmore is an 11-year veteran at the natural and organic food retailer. Before taking over Whole Foods' Northern California division, he oversaw operations in the supernatural retailer's Midwest and Southwest regions.
Gilmore is returning to Safeway, where he began as a courtesy clerk at the north Salinas store as a teenager in 1976, holding positions of increasing responsibility, including several management positions, before moving to Whole Foods in 1996.
Gilmore will report to Rojon Hasker, president and general manager of corporate lifestyle at Safeway.