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• Ahold Delhaize-owned Stop & Shop said yesterday that it has named Dean Wilkinson - a more than two-decade company veteran who most recently was SVP, store strategy and execution, at Ahold USA - to run the Fresh Formats business, which operates the bfresh small store concept.

Wilkinson succeeds Scott Miller, interim SVP of operations at Fresh Formats, who is leaving the company.
KC's View:
I don't know Dean Wilkinson, but I will say this about bfresh. The power of the concept from the beginning was that it emerged from a skunkworks that Stop & Shop allowed to operate completely independently ... and I think if bfresh is going to continue to evolve, it has to be a separate business. Otherwise, it'll get diluted by corporate-think. It is inevitable.

I hope that this is part of Wilkinson's charge - run the business, and run it independently.