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• Minyard Food Stores announced that Ron McDearmon, a 44-year veteran of the chain, has become the company’s third president and chief executive since 2006, succeeding Mike Byars, who has left the company.

According to a statement from Minyard’s, “This has been part of our transition plan to a smaller Minyard-only chain since this summer. Mike was instrumental in developing and implementing that plan … He was brought in to the company to grow and manage a 70 store, three-banner company and lead it into a new direction with its Carnival banner and the launch of the flagship store in August 2006. Mike led the Minyard efforts to deal with the tough economic and retail environment and successfully restructured Minyard. He helped develop and successfully implement the transition plan and was instrumental in selecting the right team to move Minyard's forward.”

• Target Corp. announced yesterday that president/CEO Gregg Steinhafel will take on the additional role of chairman when Bob Ulrich retires at the end of January.

• The California Grocers Association (CGA) has hired Keri Bailey, most recently the Director of State Government Affairs for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues as CGA’s Vice President, Government Relations.
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