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Judy Spires, president of Supervalu’s 124-store Philadelphia-based Acme Markets subsidiary for the past four years, is leaving the company where she began her career as a clerk this Friday, March 12, to pursue a new career opportunity with a new employer.
“On behalf of the company, I thank Judy for her years of service and wish her the best as she pursues her career interests,” said Pete Van Helden, Supervalu’s EVP of retail operations. “Judy has made a number of important contributions to our company and her leadership will be missed.”
Acme’s owner, Minneapolis-based Supervalu, Inc., said Spire’s replacement would be revealed at a later date. In the interim, Van Helden will assume the responsibilities, while all operations and business strategies will continue as normal.
“I am extremely proud of our many achievements at Acme,” said the talented, affable and well respected Spires. “I will miss working with the many dedicated and talented people at Acme and wish the team the very best as they continue to work hard to grow the business.”
The daughter of an Acme Markets’ bread truck driver, Spires began her 40-year grocery industry career at Philadelphia’s long-time grocery market leader in 1970 as a clerk and successfully took on roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in her appointment as its president in 2006. Though the majority of her time has been spent at Acme Markets, she also served as president of both the Rocky Mountain and Dallas/Fort Worth divisions of Albertsons.
Throughout her career, Spires’ dedication to customers, associates and the community has earned her both industry and local recognition. As a charter inductee of Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery, Spires was named “2008 Person of the Year” by the Mid-Atlantic Food Trades Organization. She also received the prestigious 2009 Paradigm Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, among other numerous accolades.
An ardent proponent of education and community development, Spires has actively supported numerous organizations throughout Acme’s marketing territory. In addition to serving on the board of trustees at Philadelphia’s La Salle University, she is a member of the executive boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania; and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. She is also active in the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association and the New Jersey Food Council.