New Albertson’s has acquired five Dominick’s locations and appointed Shane Sampson, currently president of the company’s Boston-based Shaw’s division, as president of the Jewel-Osco division based in Chicago.
Sampson fills the role that had been held by interim division president Jim Rice since January 2014.
Sampson’s first project highlights the company’s commitment to investing in Chicago: Remodeling and reopening five additional former Dominick’s locations.
The company indicated that it is investing approximately $100 million in new projects and remodels for Jewel-Osco this year in the neighborhoods where it does business.
A fourth-generation grocer, Sampson started working at Albertsons as a courtesy clerk and held positions of increasing responsibility at the store, district and division levels. He also served as division president in the Intermountain and Florida divisions of Albertson’s. Prior to joining NAI in March 2013, he was SVP operations at Giant Food.
“Shane is an exceptional leader and his work at Shaw’s over the last year proves that he is the right executive to be at the helm of our largest division,” stated NAI COO Justin Dye. “Over the last year, we’ve focused on restoring Jewel-Osco’s tradition of excellence and commitment to Chicago and the surrounding area. Our customers deserve nothing less than the best, and we are striving for excellence. We are aspiring to be the best food and drug retailer in the neighborhoods that we are privileged to serve. Our team members have set our sights on having the best customer service around and truly the best in fresh foods, and not just with higher quality produce and our fresh juice bars in our remodeled stores, but also with expanded organics, fresh cuts of meat and amazing fresh meal selections. Our goal is to have all of our stores truly showcasing our passion for food and exceptional service. Likewise, Shane’s passion for the grocery business makes him a perfect fit for Jewel-Osco."