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Buehler’s cited Amy McClellan's leadership and store operations experience in appointing the SpartanNash executive to its board of directors.

Buehler’s taps SpartanNash’s Amy McClellan for board

Veteran grocery executive oversees distributor’s retail fresh merchandising

Ohio grocer Buehler’s Fresh Foods has named Amy McClellan, vice president of fresh merchandising for retail operations at SpartanNash, to its board of directors.

Wooster, Ohio-based Buehler’s said Thursday that McClellan joins the board effective immediately. The supermarket chain cited her leadership and store operations experience as a key addition to its board membership.

“We are thrilled to have Amy join our board,” Dan Shanahan, chairman, president and CEO of Buehler’s, said in a statement. “Her background as a senior executive, combined with store operations and P&L accountability and frontline hands-on in the stores, gives her a great perspective on our business. Her appointment was unanimous, both with our board and ESOP trustee.”

Currently, Buehler’s operates 14 supermarkets in northeastern Ohio, including locations in Wooster (two), Medina (two), Galion, Wadsworth, Akron (Portage Lakes), Orrville, New Philadelphia, Massillon, Dover, Coshocton, Canton and Ashland. In 2017, the retailer transitioned to an employee-owned company, in which Buehler family-owned E&H Family Group sold the chain to its workers via an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), with the new company led by Shanahan.


McClellan (left) joined grocery distributor/retailer SpartanNash in January 2019 upon the closing of its acquisition of Indiana grocer Martins Super Markets, serving as division vice president of retail at SpartanNash and senior vice president of retail operations and merchandising for Martin’s. She started her grocery career at Martin’s as a part-time cashier while in high school and advanced to roles of increasing responsibility, including communications specialist, market research supervisor, loyalty and marketing program manager, director of marketing, and vice president of sales and marketing.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based SpartanNash promoted McClellan to her current post as vice president of fresh merchandising for retail operations this past March. In that role, she oversees fresh product categories and develops growth strategies for SpartanNash’s company-owned supermarkets and 2,100 independent retail locations.

Overall, SpartanNash operates 146 grocery stores in nine states, under the banners Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket, Family Fresh Market, Forest Hills Foods/Ada Fresh Market, Fresh Madison Market, No Frills, SunMart, Supermercado Nuestra Familia and Dillonvale IGA. The stores are located in Michigan, Nebraska, Indiana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa and Ohio.

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