The Giant Co., which recently celebrated the opening of a new store in Richboro, Pennsylvania, has named Ted Williams as director of nonfoods. In his new role, Williams will oversee all areas of health and personal care, seasonal, general merchandise, pet supplies, candy, and baby. He will report to Parag Shah, VP of center store omnichannel merchandising.
With more than 30 years of experience in the food industry, Williams previously worked as a category management business consultant for Ahold Delhaize USA. He also served as the director of retail pricing and the director of grocery category management at Giant Food.
In the nonfoods space, Williams has worked with retailers CVS, Pathmark, and Rite Aid. Most recently, The Giant Co. said Williams served as the COO at HLS-Higher Level Solutions, “helping founder-led CPG companies develop their brand while launching into eCommerce and physical retail.”
In other executive news, The Giant Co. appointed Jennifer Heinzen Krueger as VP of team experience for the The Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based grocery retailer. In her new role, The Giant Co. said Krueger will lead a “best-in-class human resources team, focused on fostering a culture of care and innovation and delivering an enhanced experience for more than 35,000 team members.” Krueger reports directly to Nicholas Bertram, president of The Giant Co., who said in a statement that “Jen is an industry expert in learning and organizational development and is a role model for curiosity and continuous learning.”
The Giant Co. this spring released its first community impact report, Living Our Purpose in 2021, highlighting its efforts to eliminate hunger; change children’s lives; heal the planet; promote health and sustainability; and support diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Giant Co. is a banner of Ahold Delhaize USA, which has more than 35,000 employees supporting 190 stores, 133 pharmacies, 107 fuel stations and more than 175 online pickup hubs and grocery delivery service. Its family of brands includes Giant, Martin’s, Giant Heirloom Market, Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct.