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The Fresh Market announced yesterday that president/CEO Craig Carlock has left the company, effective immediately, and is being replaced on an interim basis by Sean Crane, the company's Executive Vice President/COO.

A search firm has been retained to identify and evaluate candidates for the permanent CEO job.

While founder/chairman Ray Berry praised Carlock for helping The Fresh Market transition from being a private to a public company, he also said that the chain "has a significant opportunity, through its unique and differentiated grocery shopping experience, to gain share in existing markets and expand into new markets. I further believe meaningful opportunities exist to improve profit margins through both structural and operational initiatives."
KC's View:
Gee, I wonder if someone like Beth Newlands Campbell, the 27-year Delhaize executive who recently left Food Lion, might be a good choice for The Fresh Market. It is a smaller chain than she is used to, but she might find the shift to specialty food retailing to be attractive. (From conversations I've had with her, I think she considers herself a foodie ... and that's what a company like The Fresh Market needs.) They certainly should talk to her if they've decided to go outside for a new CEO.