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Supervalu has elevated J. Andrew Herring as its new EVP, market and real estate development. Herring, 51, most recently served as SVP of real estate and store development. In his new role, he will be responsible for driving Supervalu’s major growth initiatives, including store development for the company’s traditional retail and Save-A-Lot stores, and for its independent retailers, as well as new store growth.
“Driving growth is a critical element of our strategy, and I’m excited to have Andy lead this effort and join my executive team,” said Craig Herkert, Supervalu’s CEO and president. “Andy has a broad range of experience with the company beyond real estate and has played key roles in many of our largest acquisitions. He has been a great asset to us for 12 years and will be invaluable as we continue our focus on being America’s Neighborhood Grocer.”
Herring joined the Minneapolis-based Supervalu in February 1998 as VP of corporate development and external relations and was promoted to SVP in 1999. In this position, he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, corporate communications, industry and government relations, and the company’s corporate foundation. In 2002, he was named EVP of Supervalu’s retail pharmacies, responsible for the company’s in-store pharmacy operations. Starting in late 2005 and during 2006, Herring also played a leading role in the acquisition of certain assets of Albertsons and worked in the Supervalu Enterprise Office on post-merger integration matters related to the acquisition.
Supervalu serves customers across the United States through a network of approximately 4,290 stores composed of approximately 1,160 traditional retail stores, including 840 in-store pharmacies.