Save a Lot, one of the largest discount grocery chains in the U.S., announced the appointment of Trey Johnson as its new Chief Merchandising Officer. Johnson will report directly to Save a Lot Chief Executive Officer Leon Bergmann.
Johnson brings over 30 years of experience leading complex business operations, merchandising strategy, and supply chain efforts, working with prominent brands and organizations, including Albertsons, Big Lots, Family Dollar, Jewel Food Stores, SuperValu, and Walmart.
He most recently served as EVP, Chief Merchandising, Marketing & Supply Chain Officer for The Save Mart Companies (TSMC). In that role, he led various Merchandising and Supply Chain teams to implement programs and initiatives to make TSMC more attractive to customers, including new format development for TSMC with the Save Mart and Lucky innovation centers and Merchandising strategy development for the Marketside format and brand for Walmart.
“With his strong track record of success in the grocery business, Trey brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the complex operations involved with merchandising strategies and tactical implementation,” said Leon Bergmann, CEO of Save a Lot. “We’re excited for him to leverage that experience to ensure that Save a Lot’s assortment positions our Retail Partners to win consistently in their markets.”
In his role as Chief Merchandising Officer, Johnson will oversee all areas of Merchandising and Quality Assurance and work to strengthen existing relationships with Retail Partners and vendors.
“I’m looking forward to supporting Save a Lot’s Retail Partners with an assortment that emphasizes the great value and quality for consumers and delivers outstanding profitability to local owners and operators. Save a Lot’s commitment to remaining a hometown grocer while maintaining quality and value for families is one I’m excited to help build upon,” said Johnson.
Save a Lot recently announced the completion of its ongoing re-licensing program and its transition to a pure-play wholesale model. The discount grocery store chain, founded in 1977, has approximately 900 stores in 32 states.