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GIANT'S CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER TO RETIRE

LANDOVER, Md. (FNS) -- Giant Food here said Alvin Dobbin has announced plans to retire in March as executive vice president and chief operating officer after 43 years with the chain. chael W. Broomfield, a longtime executive with J. Sainsbury plc, the British concern that owns half of Giant's voting shares.Broomfield currently serves as Sainsbury's senior management consultant and representative at

LANDOVER, Md. (FNS) -- Giant Food here said Alvin Dobbin has announced plans to retire in March as executive vice president and chief operating officer after 43 years with the chain.

chael W. Broomfield, a longtime executive with J. Sainsbury plc, the British concern that owns half of Giant's voting shares.

Broomfield currently serves as Sainsbury's senior management consultant and representative at Giant. Broomfield will resign from Sainsbury as well as from Giant's board of directors when he takes his new position March 1.

As Giant's new chief operating officer, Broomfield, who has spent more than 35 years with Sainsbury, will oversee both store operations and distribution centers, including transportation and security. Before arriving at Giant in 1995, Broomfield served as managing director of Savacentre, Sainsbury's food and general merchandise division.

Dobbin joined Giant Food as a retail trainee in 1954, immediately upon graduating from American University. He was named a vice president in 1970 and eventually became senior vice president of operations. In 1996, he was appointed to the new position of executive vice president and chief operating officer and was elected to Giant's board of directors.

"It is very important to us that we continue to draw upon [Dobbin's] wealth of experience and knowledge," said Pete Manos, Giant president and chief executive officer, in a statement. "We are very pleased that he agreed to provide us with the continuity we need as we expand."