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• The Jacksonville Daily Record reports that Southeastern Grocers has hired Anthony Hucker, the former president/COO at Schnucks, as its new COO. Hucker also has spent time at both Walmart and Aldi, which gives him experience with two of the retailers that are among the greatest competitive threats to Southeastern's BiLo and Winn-Dixie banners.

Twin Cities Business reports that Mills Fleet Farm - a 35-store retailer with units in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota that sells, among other things, fishing and hunting equipment, small appliances, hardware, apparel and garden supplies - has hired former Walmart chief marketing officer Duncan Mac Naughton as its new CEO. The hiring follows the acquisition of the retailer for $1.2 billion by investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.

MarketWatch reports that Starbucks' former COO, Troy Alstead, has resigned from the company. Alstead has been on sabbatical for the past year, but now will not return as originally intended.
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