QuickChek has appointed Chris Smyly as director of foodservice and has hired Chef Ted Kwiecien as culinary specialist.
The Whitehouse Station, New Jersey-based fresh convenience market chain has been opening newly designed stores with more than half of each new store’s space dedicated to fresh foodservice.
Smyly has been a senior category manager with the company where he has managed four product and service categories the past three years during which time the company has introduced the innovative new store design. He possesses more than 25 years of extensive experience in marketing, category management and merchandising within the convenience industry.
Kwiecien possesses more than 25 years of experience in restaurant management including two retail brands known for their customer focus: Nordstrom, where he held management positions in Short Hills, New Jersey; the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus and Freehold; and Nieman Marcus, where he was a manager and chef in Short Hills. He holds degrees in culinary arts and food service management from Johnson & Wales University.
“Today’s consumer and tomorrow’s food trends continue to tell us our customers want fresh food to go,” said QuickChek CEO Dean Durling. “In meeting their needs, we have become a foodservice destination. Chris has done a great job managing several of our key categories and we’re pleased to have him lead our foodservice team. Ted possesses a proven background as a chef and as a restaurateur with consumer-focused brands that fit our mission of providing restaurant-quality food and beverages for busy people on-the-go.”
Privately held QuickChek operates 158 fresh convenience markets, including 78 stores with fuel, throughout New Jersey, New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island.