Nash Finch Company (Nasdaq: NAFC), a Minneapolis-based food distributor, announced today that Tom Swanson, Vice President of Retail Operations for Nash Finch Company, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. Since joining Nash Finch in 2012, Tom Swanson has successfully led Corporate Retail through several key growth initiatives including new store openings, implementation of innovative retail marketing and merchandising programs, execution of a focused Family Fresh Market remodel strategy, and the integration of Bag ‘N Save and No Frills stores into Nash Finch. As Senior Vice President, Swanson will continue to oversee overall Corporate Retail Operations at Nash Finch, including developing and executing on strategic plans, retail marketing strategies, and accountability for corporate store operations and growth. “Tom Swanson brings extensive retail operations expertise to Nash Finch,” said Kevin Elliott, Executive Vice President, President and Chief Operating Officer. “We’ve positioned our Corporate Retail operation for sales growth, and Tom’s extensive experience operating multiple retail formats has positioned us along this path,” concluded Elliott. Tom Swanson reports to Mr. Elliott. Prior to joining Nash Finch, Tom spent over 25 years in various leadership positions at Bashas’™ Supermarkets, including leading operations for their 50 Food City Markets. Nash-Finch is a Fortune 500 company and the largest food distributor serving military commissaries and exchanges in the United States. Nash-Finch's core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and independent grocery retailers located in 37 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores, Bahrain and Egypt. The Company also owns and operates a base of retail stores, primarily supermarkets under the Family Fresh Market®, Econofoods®, Family Thrift Center®, No Frills®, Bag 'n Save®, AVANZA®, and Sun Mart® trade names. Further information is available on the Company's website, www.nashfinch.com.
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