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In her new position, Jimenez will oversee the daily operations of Cardenas Markets' real estate, including its 52 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona.

Cardenas Markets taps Veronica Jimenez to lead real estate department

Expanded role also includes oversight of construction and maintenance

Hispanic grocer Cardenas Markets has promoted Veronica Jimenez to vice president of real estate and construction.

Jimenez, previously director of construction, assumes her new post immediately, Ontario, Calif.-based Cardenas said Tuesday. In the role, she will oversee the daily operations of the company’s real estate, construction and maintenance departments and report directly to Chief Operating Officer Prabash Coswatte.

Veronica Jimenez-Cardenas Markets.jpgVeronica Jimenez, VP of real estate and construction at Cardenas Markets (photo courtesy of Cardenas)

"Veronica possesses an in-depth understanding of commercial real estate and construction, in addition to a unique ability to provide architectural support and interior design expertise,” Coswatte said in a statement. “She is an exceptional and dynamic leader dedicated to growing the next generation of Cardenas Markets.”

Jimenez joined Cardenas Markets as a consultant in 2019 and was appointed as director of construction last year.

Before coming to the grocery chain, Jimenez served as president of VJ Casa, a Lake Forest, Calif.-based interior design and architectural boutique focusing on national and international commercial spaces. In that post, she provided interior design and architectural support for two major Southern California supermarket chains, Cardenas noted. She also has served as director of design for HPA Architecture and as senior project designer for Del Mar Lighting and Architectural Design in Downey, Calif.

The promotion of Jimenez marks Cardenas’ fifth executive appointment over the past year. Last January, the grocer elevated Leticia Espinoza to chief legal officer and the following month named Coswatte as chief administration officer, followed in September by his promotion to COO. Also in September, Cardenas promoted Arnold Perez to vice president of information technology.

Overall, Cardenas Markets operates 52 stores under the Cardenas banner and seven stores under the Cardenas Ranch Markets banner in California, Nevada and Arizona.

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