C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. has named Eric Winn to the newly created position of COO. In this role, Winn will lead both the commercial and supply chain organizations to create a seamless customer experience. C&S Supply Chain Officer Peter Fiore will remain on the leadership team as a strategic advisor until his retirement at the end of 2022.
“Eric and Peter have been integral to C&S’s transformation. Peter has created a best-in-class supply chain organization that is the foundation of our continued growth. Eric has strategically realigned the commercial team to holistically serve all customer needs. His leadership across both areas of our business will create a seamless customer experience,” said Bob Palmer, CEO of C&S Wholesale Grocers.
Winn brings a wealth of cross-functional knowledge to his new COO position, having held roles in procurement, operations and sales in his more than 17-year career at C&S. Most recently, he was president of commercial, in which role he was responsible for strengthening the company’s retail market presence.
A few months later, the company entered into a definitive agreement to purchase 12 Tops Markets stores that became available due to Tops' merger with Price Chopper/Market 32. C&S is converting these 12 stores to Grand Union supermarkets.
“C&S has made tremendous progress in the evolution of our business model,” said Rick Cohen, chairman of C&S. “The recent announcements regarding our further expansion into retail with the purchase of Piggly Wiggly Midwest and the relaunch of the iconic Grand Union supermarkets demonstrate that our innovative strategies will drive our long-term success.”