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Duran Becomes Safeway’s Denver Division President

On Dec. 13, Safeway Inc. announced the appointment of Al Duran to president of the company’s Denver Division. He replaces Scott Grimmett, who is leaving Safeway for an opportunity with a non-competing food retailer.

“Al’s results-oriented leadership style and experience on both the retail and the marketing side of our business will serve him well in his new assignment,” said Steve Burd, chairman, president and CEO of Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway. “He is also a Colorado native and knows that market well.”

Duran joined Safeway’s Denver Division in 1979, and worked his way through the company’s ranks including senior retail operations and marketing positions in the Safeway’s Phoenix and Dominick’s divisions. He joined Safeway’s corporate team in 2009 as VP of retail initiatives.

Safeway Inc. operates 1,694 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $41.1 billion in 2010.

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