The head of Cub Foods will be going to Philadelphia to lead Acme Markets, part of a management shuffle by Eden Prairie-based Supervalu Inc., the corporate parent of both supermarket chains.
Keith Wyche, who has been Cub's president for just over two years, will take the reins at the second-largest grocer in the Philadelphia area, with 116 stores. Stillwater-based Cub is the biggest chain in the Twin Cities with 67 outlets.
Cub Foods' new president will be Brian Audette, a 21-year Supervalu veteran, who currently serves as Supervalu's group vice president of merchandising transformation and process improvement.
During Wyche's tenure, Cub Foods didn't add any new stores, but its sales volume was stable, said John Dean, a Twin Cities supermarket consultant. "The [sales] erosion wasn't there."
Locked in a battle with discounters like Wal-Mart, Supervalu has posted declining same-store sales for four consecutive years. Acme faces particularly intensive competitive pressures and is in the middle of contract negotiations with about 3,000 workers.
Dan Sanders, current Acme president, will lead Supervalu's Southern California Albertsons division, which includes 248 stores.
Sue Klug, current holder of that position, is leaving to pursue "longtime personal and professional ambitions," said Mike Siemienas, a Supervalu spokesman.
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