Last updated on December 18th, 2017 at 03:01 pm
As a result of Weigel’s continued growth in Knoxville, Tennessee, and surrounding communities, the operator of 66 convenience stores, a dairy and a bakery has promoted several key management personnel, effective Dec. 14, 2017.
Ken McMullen, president since 2001, now will serve as Weigel’s CEO. McMullen joined the company in 1981 as operations manager and has since served as VP of operations, EVP and president. He was the first non-family member to be hold the role of president. According to the company, McMullen has been instrumental in adding 46 new Weigel’s stores as well as its first bakery.
Douglas Yawberry, a nine-year company veteran, will move from VP of operations to president and COO—the second time a non-family member of Weigel’s has served as president. The company says Yawberry has been key to the day-to-day operations of its 66 stores.
John Kelly has been named VP of operations. Prior to Joining Weigel’s in July 2017, Kelly served as VP of operations and COO for the 90-store chain Road Runner Markets in Johnson City, Tennessee, for 13 years. His previous roles also included division operations manager and national category manager with Sunoco, and marketing manager with Coastal Inc.
William B. Weigel, son of one the company’s founders, will serve as the company’s chairman, retaining an active role in the company’s future growth and direction. He joined Weigel’s in 1960 following its founding as a dairy in 1931. In 1960, Weigel was instrumental in establishing the drive-thru “Jug O’ Milk” stores, followed by the opening of the first walk-in milk store in 1964, which also was the first convenience store in Knoxville, Tennessee. Over the years, he has served as GM, VP, president and CEO. Through his leadership, the chain has evolved from a home delivery supplier of milk to its 60-plus convenience stores and food production operations.