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Van Hoose Rises To EVP Of Harps Food Stores

J. Max Van Hoose
J. Max Van Hoose

J. Max Van Hoose has been promoted to EVP of Springdale, Arkansas-based Harps Food Stores.

Van Hoose came to work at Harps in 1997 after spending six years with Hallmark Greeting Cards in Kansas City in various engineering roles. Since joining Harps, Van Hoose held the positions of director of construction and, most recently, VP of store planning.

Van Hoose is a Springdale native and holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from the University of Kansas. He serves on the board of the Missouri Grocers Association and is a member of the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineers.

“I am honored to continue to serve our employee owners and be part of a team of associates that finds a way to differentiate Harps in a very competitive retail environment,” Van Hoose said.

“J. Max has been instrumental for much of our growth since 1997. That includes negotiating with store owners for acquisitions, finding investors to purchase our real estate and finding future sites for expansion. He has done a tremendous job in a very competitive industry. I look forward to working closely with J. Max in his new position,” said Kim Eskew, Harps chairman and CEO.

Harps is an employee-owned retail grocery chain operating 91 stores in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

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