Bob Gleeson, former Shoppers Food & Pharmacy president and Supervalu executive, will become Weis Markets’ new vice president of fresh merchandising, effective July 1.
In his new position, Gleeson will oversee the day-to-day merchandising and procurement of the Sunbury, PA based retailer’s meat, produce, bakery, deli/foodservice, seafood and floral departments.
He will report to Richard Gunn, the company’s senior vice president of merchandising and marketing.
Gleeson will replace John Grimes, who is retiring at the end of June as vice president of meat/seafood/deli. Grimes spent 11 years with Weis Markets and more than 35 years in the grocery business.
“Bob Gleeson is a proven leader with extensive merchandising experience and a deep understanding of key parts of our seven-state market area. We are pleased to be working with him,” said Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets’ chief operating officer. “We are also grateful to John Grimes for his many contributions over the past 11 years with our company and wish him well in the years ahead.”
Gleeson began his food industry career in 1984 as a part-time grocery associate with Shoppers. During his 29-year career with the Lanham, MD based retailer as well as with Supervalu, he worked in increasingly senior leadership positions including vice president of center store, senior vice president of merchandising and division president.