Five-store Andronico’s Community Markets has named Suzy Monford CEO.
She replaces Gary Barrett, senior executive and turnaround professional at GCB Advisors, who, according to an Andronico's spokeswoman, left the San Leandro, Calif., headquartered company. Barrett succeeded Andronico's interim CEO John Clougher (CEO of Haggen).
Monford was most recently head of innovation for Woolworth’s, the largest retailer in Asia Pacific, where she led strategic change and international joint ventures.
Prior to that she founded Food Sport International, which specializes in strategic consulting and innovation for health-oriented retail and global brands. Her clients include Coles Supermarkets in Australia, and Cheers Inc., a restaurant corporation in Texas where she worked as CEO and president.
Monford plans to apply her health and wellness expertise to the Andronico’s brand.
“I’ll be introducing a new innovative approach to health and wellness that is a major departure from the role that the supermarket industry has traditionally played,” said Monford, in a statement. “Fitness—in all aspects from kitchen to shopping to cooking to dining—will be the way ACM delivers on its promise to advocate for community and our own corporate health. We’ll pioneer recipes for fit living for our shoppers and teammates."
Monford's supermarket experience includes work as the director of deli, cheese and prepared foods for H-E-B and director of food service for H-E-B Central Market.
She plans to bring Instacart to the chain by mid-summer, develop a fitness and health-centric shopping portal for customers and employees, innovate store formats and eventually expand the chain.
“We may be a small company, but we’ll be brilliant with data and digital,” Monford said. “We’re going to marry traditional brick and mortar mercantile, with best of class tech in order to create a relevant shop for today.”
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