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• The Sacramento Bee reports that Raley's has hired Keith Knopf to be its new COO. Knopf is the former Senior Vice President, Retail Operations and Omni Channel Store Integration at Kohl's, Vice President of Business Planning, Strategy and Operations at Victoria's Secret, and Vice President of Store Operations at Macy's.


• Andronico's Community Markets has announced that it has hired Suzy L. Monford, most recently the Head of Fresh Product / Concept Development at Woolworths Limited in Australia, to be its new CEO. She also is the former CEO/President of Cheers Inc. a Texas-based restaurant chain, and the founder and president of FoodSport International, described on her LinkedIn page as "an international consultancy that was founded to build a link between food retailing and manufacturing, with global health."
KC's View:
I don't know Suzy Monford, but I hope that she can bring some measure of sustainable glory to Andronico's, which for a long time was one of the most innovative food retailers out there. I think it is fair to say that the five-store chain has lost its way over the past few years, and it needs someone who can get the company's mojo back.