Grocery chain appoints SVP


Joseph McQuesten. Courtesy SpartanNash

A locally based grocery chain has promoted an executive to be its senior vice president of center store and fresh merchandising.

Byron Center-based SpartanNash said last week it appointed Joseph McQuesten, VP of center store merchandising, to the expanded SVP role, effective immediately.

Center store merchandise includes frozen foods, health and beauty products, laundry, pet and all other items in the center aisles.

Fresh merchandise includes produce, meat, seafood, deli, dairy, perishable snacks and grab-and-go items, which are on the store’s perimeters.

McQuesten will lead SpartanNash’s merchandising for center store and fresh products, developing “innovative” retail programs for independent customers, national accounts and more than 135 corporate retail stores.

“As SpartanNash continues to expand its organic, local and fresh perimeter offerings to meet our customers’ growing appetite for quality produce, meat, seafood, dairy, deli and all things quick and easy, we wanted to ensure our center store and fresh offerings are working together to provide our full range of customer solutions,” said Larry Pierce, EVP of merchandising and marketing, SpartanNash.

“Joe’s expertise in center store and experience with fresh merchandising make him ideally suited for this role as we continue to grow our offering.”

McQuesten’s background

McQuesten joined SpartanNash in 2011 and has served as its VP of center store merchandising since 2014.

As such, he was responsible for category management, pharmacy merchandising, promotional programs, retail pricing and shelf implementation for the company’s corporate retail stores and wholesale independent customers.

Previously, he served as the director of grocery, dairy and frozen merchandising.

Before joining SpartanNash, McQuesten was a division VP at Kmart, where he managed center store, fresh, marketing and operations for the Super K division.

He has more than 30 years of center store and merchandising experience.


SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a distributor of grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate-owned stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges.

It serves customer locations in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Europe, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt.

SpartanNash also operates more than 135 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Market, VG’s Grocery, Dan’s Supermarket and Family Fresh Market.

The company had 2017 revenue of $8.13 billion.

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