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Dan J. Sanders, EVP and CEO of United Supermarkets since 2004, resigned on Tuesday from the Lubbock, Texas-based grocery chain. Robert Taylor, chief logistics officer, has been named interim CEO of the 50-store company that operates supermarkets under the United, Market Street and Amigos United banners.
In a statement, United’s co-presidents Gantt and Matt Bumstead “gratefully acknowledge[ed] the fine work Dan has done in his nearly six years” in the role. Gantt Bumstead went on to say that the family-owned grocery chain “will make announcements about further plans at a later date as we examine the next steps for our executive leadership team.”
Interim CEO Taylor has been a member of the company’s leadership team since July 2007, when United purchased R.C. Taylor Distributing. Taylor’s family has operated R.C. Taylor Distributing in Lubbock since 1949, and Taylor was company president at the time of the purchase.
Meanwhile, Sanders held a number of other executive roles at United prior to his chief executive duties, including stints in the advertising, marketing, sales/merchandising and human resources departments. Before joining the company, he was a principal in AdPlex and the founder of AdContent, both of which provided advertising production and content management technology to Fortune 500 companies.
Sanders and his wife, Shanna, have two children.
“We extend our deepest gratitude to Dan for everything he has meant to our company during his tenure here, and we are all appreciative of the tremendous leadership he has provided over the years,” said Matt Bumstead. “We wish him the best and will always be thankful for what he brought to our family.”
In its 94th year of operation, the self-distributing United Supermarkets, LLC’s 50 stores are located in 30 markets across north and west Texas.