Jack L. Sinclair, who served for more than seven years as EVP of Walmart’s U.S. grocery division, has been appointed chief merchandising officer for 99 Cents Only Stores. He is responsible for the merchandising and marketing functions for the California-based chain.
Sinclair brings more than 30 years of experience to 99 Cents Only, specifically in grocery retail at both North American and European retailers. At Walmart, Sinclair led the team that was responsible for Walmart’s grocery business, which generated substantial growth through a focus on local assortment and fresh foods. In addition, Sinclair spent 14 years at U.K.-based Safeway PLC supermarkets where he served in a variety of roles, eventually becoming group marketing and trading director, in which he ran all store operations and merchandising for the U.K.’s third largest grocer.
“Jack’s significant experience in retail merchandising will be an asset to 99 Cents Only Stores as we continue to improve the execution of our core business plan that emphasizes a strong mix of seasonal, grocery and close-out products,” said Andrew Giancamilli, interim CEO of 99 Cents Only Stores. “His deep knowledge of the grocery and fresh food category will be particularly valuable, given the importance of these categories to our customers and for driving traffic in our stores.”
Sinclair holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and marketing from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
99 Cents Only currently operates 384 stores in California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.