The Save Mart Companies Appoints Shane Sampson as Executive Chairman; Alex Wolf Comments
MODESTO, CA - On the heels of a recent acquisition by Kingswood Capital Management, The Save Mart Companies is continuing to implement thought-out strategies to maintain its growth. Most recently, the retail chain announced that fourth-generation grocer Shane Sampson was appointed Executive Chairman of the regional retailer.
“The Save Mart Companies team has built a wonderful operation in the Central Valley of California throughout their 70 years of serving their customers and communities,” said Sampson. “The family and leadership team have done a tremendous job in establishing and perpetuating a commitment to innovation and service, and I think there is an exceptional opportunity to invest in and grow The Save Mart Companies’ brands. I’m excited to join the company at such a pivotal time for the Save Mart, FoodMaxx, and Lucky California stores. I’m looking forward to leading the team into the next phase of growth and innovation and beyond.”
Sampson takes on the role with nearly four decades of experience in building brands, implementing innovative marketing and merchandising programs, and leading strategic operations.
Beginning his career as a retail clerk in a local grocery store, the industry stalwart worked his way to becoming Albertsons’ Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer, playing a critical role in the company’s merchandising strategy and the development and innovation of its digital and e-commerce strategies. In this role, Sampson rapidly scaled the grocer’s private label brands and built customer and associate engagement across 2,300 stores, according to a press release.
Prior to serving as CMMO at Albertsons, Sampson was also President of two separate Albertsons Divisions, Jewel-Osco and Shaws/Star Market, in addition to holding leadership positions at Ahold’s Giant of Landover, Walmart’s Sam’s Club, and Schwazze.
“We are thrilled to have Shane on the team,” said Alex Wolf, a Partner of Kingswood. “His retail acumen is unparalleled, and he has driven results across all the companies he’s been a part of leading. We’re looking forward to leveraging his significant retail experience into The Save Mart Companies’ operations.”
Congratulations to Shane Sampson for stepping into this integral new position!