In his new role, Taylor will continue leading United Food and Beverage Services, a new venture formed to provide banquet services and concessions, and to operate the Rave On restaurant within Buddy Holly Hall, a $153 million privately funded entertainment and education venue opening in Lubbock this month and named for the legendary performer, the city’s most famous son. Taylor will continue as part of the executive team, with involvement in government relations, real estate, innovation and special projects.
“It is hard to quantify all Robert has brought to this company,” noted Hopper. “Robert is an innovator, and he invests in developing people and communities. There are few things that have happened in our company over the last 13 years that don’t carry Robert’s fingerprints. He is an ardent community supporter and models that value for all the leadership in stores and facilities across the 54 communities we serve.”
Taylor has also served as a board member, including on FMI’s board of directors, and was a two-term president of the Texas Association of Wholesale Distributors, among other industry activities. He’s also active in community endeavors.
A self-distributing company, United operates 96 stores under five banners — United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express — along with ancillary operations R.C. Taylor Distributing, Praters, United Food and Beverage Services, and Llano Logistics. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons, No. 8 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2020 list of the top food retailers in North America.