Food City has appointed Mickey Blazer as EVP of store operations for its Knoxville Division. The position previously was held by John Jones, who was promoted to EVP/director of store operations for the supermarket chain. Blazer brings more than 37 years of industry experience to the position, including six years in pharmacy management.
Blazer began his retail career shortly after graduating high school. He has served in numerous positions during his employment with Food City, including general merchandise manager, produce manager, meat cutter, assistant store manager, HBC/GM supervisor/area trainer, store manager, district manager, pharmacy operations manager, director of pharmacy operations and, most recently, VP of pharmacy operations.
“Prior to transitioning into pharmacy supervision, Mickey managed a number of our store locations and served as district manager for over 11 years. His comprehensive knowledge of store operations and vast experience have proven vital to our company. He is a true asset and we couldn’t be more pleased to announce this much deserved promotion,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City’s president and CEO.
Blazer’s new duties include overseeing the store operations for Food City’s Knoxville-based division, which includes 47 Food City and two Super Dollar Discount Food Store locations, as well as its Gas n’ Go fuel centers and Food City Pharmacies.
“I am looking forward to utilizing my extensive background in retail operations in a market I am very familiar with. I have managed a number of different locations, both rural and metropolitan in the Knoxville and surrounding areas. I’m excited to see our company continue to grow and progress. I look forward to this opportunity to work alongside our dedicated team of associates to continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our loyal customers,” said Blazer.
Blazer also maintains a strong commitment to the education of area youth, having served as secretary/treasurer, VP and president of his local Optimist Club. He served as president of the Morristown Plaza Merchants Association for three years and for three years was chairman for the East Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Stores Golf Tournament, the proceeds of which fund college scholarships. In 2011, he was inducted into the Tennessee Grocers “Hall of Eagles” in recognition of his support and dedication to the Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation. Blazer also served on the Governor of Virginia’s Prescription Drug and Heroin Task Force Subcommittee. He is actively involved with the American Diabetes Association as well, where he served as the 2014 chairman for the Diabetes Step-Out Walk.
Blazer and his wife Susan currently reside in Morristown, Tennessee. The couple has two children and one granddaughter.