PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway announced Thursday that the president of its Chicago-area Dominick’s Finer Foods division, Don Keprta, has resigned.
“Don has contributed significantly to the Dominick’s stores. His commitment and innovation helped the stores evolve to best serve the Chicagoland customers. We are fortunate that he has produced a team that is prepared to continue to build on our current momentum,” said chairman, president and CEO Steve Burd.
As president of Dominick’s since 2005, Don is credited with opening a number of new stores, expanding the lifestyle store remodels and improving store operating standards and metrics.
Brian Baer, Dominick’s CFO and VP finance, will assume the role of acting president of Dominick’s. He joined Safeway in 2001 as VP finance for the Phoenix division. In 2004 he became group VP finance planning and analysis at the company’s corporate office. Baer came to Dominick’s in his current role in 2008.