A former Walmart executive, Jack Sinclair, was named chief merchandising officer of 99 Cents Only Stores, effective immediately.
In his new role, Sinclair will be responsible for all merchandising and marketing functions across 99 Cents Only Stores.
Sinclair has been Walmart's exec-VP of its U.S. grocery division for the past seven years, a time in which Walmart's grocery business grew substantially by focusing on local assortment and fresh foods. His retirement was announced in March 2015 when Walmart began shifting executive roles in the grocery division.
Prior to his time at Walmart, Sinclair worked for U.K.-based Safeway PLC supermarkets for 14 years, holding roles such as group marketing and trading director. He was responsible for all store operations and merchandising for the U.K.'s third largest grocer during this time.
"Jack's significant experience in retail merchandising will be an asset to 99 Cents Only Stores as we continue to improve the execution of our core business plan that emphasizes a strong mix of seasonal, grocery, and close-out products," said Andrew Giancamilli, interim CEO of 99 Cents Only Stores. "His deep knowledge of the grocery and fresh food category will be particularly valuable, given the importance of these categories to our customers and for driving traffic in our stores."
Sinclair has over 30 years of experience in total, working mainly in grocery retail. Press Release