PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway  here said Thursday that the president of its Chicago-area Dominick’s Finer Foods division, Don Keprta, has resigned.
No further explanation for his departure was immediately available. Keprta had been president since 2005, and is credited with expanding the lifestyle store remodels and improving store operating standards and metrics, Safeway said.
“Don has contributed significantly to the Dominick’s stores. His commitment and innovation helped the stores evolve to best serve the Chicagoland customers. We are fortunate that he has produced a team that is prepared to continue to build on our current momentum,” said Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Safeway, in a prepared statement.
Brian Baer, Dominick’s chief financial officer and vice president of finance, was named acting president of Dominick’s. Baer joined Safeway in 2001 as vice president of finance for the Phoenix Division and later worked in finance in the corporate office. He came to Dominick’s in his current role in 2008.