The Pattison Food Group is acquiring Oregon-based Roth’s Fresh Markets and will grow by nine stores on Oct. 26, pending regulatory approval.
Joining the likes of Save-On-Foods, Western Canada’s largest grocery retailer, along with Buy-Low Foods, Quality Foods, Choices Markets and more than a dozen other retail food, drug and specialty banners, Roth’s Fresh Markets will maintain its current name and operating structure while leveraging synergies and other opportunities for business growth provided by the Pattison Food Group.
The Pattison Food Group is Western Canada’s leading provider of food and drugs, and its companies employ more than 30,000 people in nearly 300 retail locations. Its wholesale division services almost 2,000 independent grocers in hundreds of communities across Canada.
Headquartered in Salem and serving Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley, Roth’s Fresh Markets was founded in 1962 and has maintained a focus on its fresh offering – including custom cake centers and fresh catering – and a strong culture of community-first service.
The Pattison Food Group will support the future of Roth’s Fresh Market, building on its best practices in operations, marketing, purchasing and people services once the acquisition is complete.
Effective Oct. 26, outgoing Roth’s President Michael Roth will begin his retirement and will pass the torch to new company president Tim Jennings, a long-serving member of Roth’s senior leadership team. Jennings will report to Ben Harrack, an SVP at the Pattison Food Group.
“This is a very exciting time for our company. Having built a relationship with this group over the past several months, I am confident the values and culture at the Pattison Food Group are well aligned to ours at Roth’s,” said Roth, son of founder Orville Roth. “While I am thrilled to be retiring effective Oct. 26, I am equally thrilled for Tim to take Roth’s to new heights with support from the Pattison Food Group.”
“I am very humbled to accept the role of president at Roth’s Fresh Markets,” said Jennings. “We are like a family at Roth’s, and now as part of the Pattison Food Group, we have more opportunities than ever to take Roth’s to the next level while maintaining the culture, services and of course the amazing teams that make Roth’s the grocer of choice for so many Oregonians.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome Roth’s to the Pattison Food Group family of companies as we embark on our first venture outside of Canada,” said Darrell Jones, president of the Pattison Food Group. “Roth’s legacy of a customer-focused shopping experience with the best fresh offering in the market is something all Pattison Food Group companies share, and we are just so thrilled to have these fine folks join our team.”
The Pattison Food Group is owned by The Jim Pattison Group, which operates many diversified businesses primarily in the United States and Canada. With more than 51,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $12.7 billion (CAD), The Jim Pattison Group is made up of a number of diverse operating divisions spanning the automotive, advertising, media, agricultural equipment, food and beverage, entertainment, exporting, financial, real estate and periodical distribution industries.