Emeryville, California-based Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. has announced some organizational changes as it continues to scale its business for future growth. These changes realign functions to support the company’s growing team of independent operators and the expansion of its store base nationally.
Through more effective utilization of enterprise-wide resources, combined with the ongoing commitment to localized decision-making, Grocery Outlet will continue to be well-positioned to drive sustained growth and profitability.
Pamela Burke, who has served as chief administrative officer and general counsel, will serve in the newly created position of chief stores officer, effective Jan. 1. She will report to RJ Sheedy, president.
In her new role, she will be responsible for the support of and relations with independent operators and their stores across all geographies.
Burke has deep experience with the company’s independent operator model and understands the importance of promoting independent operator autonomy and maintaining a strong, collaborative relationship.
Heather Mayo, chief sales and merchandising officer – east, who has helped set the stage for growth in the east, has made the decision to leave Grocery Outlet in early March. She will be transitioning her responsibilities to functional leaders at the local and corporate level.
The company will continue to support regional autonomy, ownership and decision-making via localized resources across several business functions, including purchasing and new store development.
“2021 marks Grocery Outlet’s 75th year in business and at the heart of our success has been the knowledge, skill and autonomy of our independent operators,” said Eric Lindberg, CEO. “As we look ahead towards our next 75 years of growth, this new organizational structure allows us to more effectively support our operators in growing their businesses while facilitating local decision-making and independent operator independence.
“Pam has done an exceptional job leading several business functions and coordinating support to our independent operators. As such, I am confident she will make valuable contributions in her new role. I also want to thank Heather for her efforts during her tenure at Grocery Outlet and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” Lindberg said.
Grocery Outlet is a high-growth, extreme value retailer of quality, name-brand consumables and fresh products sold through a network of independently operated stores. Grocery Outlet has more than 410 stores in California, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Idaho and Nevada.