Mike Withers will become the new president of Jewel-Osco, according to industry sources, after its parent company, Albertsons LLC, merges with Safeway Inc., a move expected to be completed by the end of the year. Jewel-Osco operates 185 stores in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana.
Withers previously was president of Albertsons’ Southern region, and current Jewel-Osco President Shane Sampson was recently named VP marketing and merchandising for the merged company. The new appointments are among several recently announced by the company.
Albertsons operates 1,081 stores under several banners including Super Saver, Shaws and United Supermarkets. Once the merger is complete, it will have 2,400 locations.