"I am pleased to announce the promotion of Steve to CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores Inc.," said Jack Smith, chairman of the board. "Steve has the leadership and skills needed to head up a growing corporation such as Food City." Jack Smith is Steve Smith's father.
Jesse A. Lewis also was promoted by K-VA-T Food Stores. Formerly the company's senior vice president-distribution, Lewis was named senior vice president and chief operations officer for the 86-store supermarket business.
Steve Smith was appointed to lead the National Grocers Association in 2000 and is serving as its chairman through 2002.
"The NGA is an organization I am very proud of," he said in a news release. "I have been a member for 20 years and an active member of the board for about seven or eight years."
Steve Smith is a graduate of James Madison University, where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration. Following his graduation in 1979, he began work for Food City, serving in various positions of store operations including district manager, division vice president and chief operations officer.
Lewis 'Excited And Honored'
Lewis said he was "excited and honored to be given the opportunity to head up the day-to-day operations for Food City. I am looking forward to the challenges the new position will bring," he commented.
Lewis has more than 43 years' experience in the grocery and distribution business. He has served as chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Consumer Market, Spring-field, Mo., as well as executive vice president and chief operations officer of Red Food Stores, based in Chattanooga.
Stores In 62 Communities
The Food City stores are owned and operated by K-VA-T Food Stores, whose headquarters is in Abingdon, Va. The grocery chain has 86 supermarkets in 62 communities throughout the tri-state region of Southeast Kentucky, South-west Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, as well as MidMountain Foods, the company's warehousing and distribution center. (Inclu-ded are two stores in Greeneville. - Eds.)
The region in which Food City stores are located ranges from London and Crossville, Tenn., north to Williamson, Ky., and Pulaski, Va., a company spokesperson said.
K-VA-T currently ranks 44th among the nation's largest grocery chains.
The company, which has about 9,000 employees, does approximately $1 billion in annual sales, according to the spokesman.
The company is listed 279th among the nation's top 500 privately held companies, according to Forbes magazine.