Jewel-Osco announced that Scott Hays has been named vice president of operations for the Chicagoland grocery store. Most recently a district manager with Albertsons LLC’s Southern division, Hays will lead the operations team to support Jewel-Osco’s marketing and merchandising initiatives, including the company’s upcoming remodels and opening its five newly acquired locations.
“Scott’s years of experience with Albertsons combined with his vast knowledge of the grocery industry will enable him to mentor and educate his team to reach the highest level of excellence,” Shane Sampson, Jewel-Osco president, said in a press release. “He empowered stores to set the bar on operating standards for their market areas, illustrating the highest expectations of quality merchandising and continually striving for what is best for our customers and their neighborhoods.
“Our customers deserve nothing less than our best. Over the last year, we’ve focused on restoring Jewel-Osco’s tradition of excellence and commitment to Chicago and the surrounding area, and we are striving to sustain it. We are aspiring to be the best food and drug retailer in the neighborhoods that we are privileged to serve, and Scott will be an excellent addition to our leadership team to continue to drive this culture,” Sampson said.
“The heritage of Jewel-Osco and the Chicagoland community is rich and diverse, and I am excited to be a part of growing our amazing brand," Hays said in the release. "Jewel-Osco has 114 years of history that has made it a staple in homes throughout thousands of neighborhoods. I am proud to lead an operations team that has the desire to further Jewel-Osco’s legacy.”
Hays began his grocery career with Albertson’s Inc. in 1983 in the Intermountain West division as a grocery clerk. He was promoted to store director, and then held positions of increasing responsibility throughout Albertson’s Inc.’s growing footprint, including district manager, area vice president and division vice president leading the company’s San Antonio division and played an integral role in their development of South Texas markets. Hays joined Albertson’s LLC in 2006 and spent the last eight years in the Dallas/Fort Worth division.