ENCINO, Calif., Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Gelson's Markets, one of California's premier supermarket chains, recently announced that supermarket executive Bob Mariano has joined the company's board of directors.
The son of a butcher, Mariano began his career in 1967 while still in high school as a part-time deli clerk for Chicago grocery chain Dominick's. Earning a BS in biology from the University of Illinois and an MBA at the University of Chicago, he steadily rose to become president and CEO of Dominick's from 1995-98 through its acquisition to Safeway. After consulting work for Milwaukee-based Roundy's Supermarkets, Mariano was named CEO in 2002. Eight years later, under the aegis of Roundy's, he launched the first Mariano's Fresh Market in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago. Mariano's stores are distinguished for their appeal to foodies with their fresh department amenities mixed with low-priced boxed goods. Kroger purchased Roundy's for $800 million in November 2015, and Mariano retired as chairman and CEO of the brand the following year, continuing to serve as a strategic consultant.
"Bob Mariano is a legend in the supermarket industry, especially in the Midwest where he has made an indelible impact with the chain of stores that carry his name. We are thrilled he has agreed to join our board of directors, bringing his vast expertise, his vision for the industry, and relationships to Gelson's," stated Gelson's President & CEO Rob McDougall.
Founded in 1951, Gelson's currently operates 25 full-service specialty grocery stores in Southern California. Each Gelson's Market features the full amenities of a traditional supermarket, with the local flavor of a neighborhood market. Their high standards – for quality, value and freshness; unsurpassed service; and attention to detail – define the ultimate grocery shopping experience. With over 60 years of experience, Gelson's in-house experts know Southern California's lifestyle and are driven to find only the best foods and exclusive values for their customers. Gelson's is particularly known for flavorful, hand-selected produce, the best and freshest cuts of meat and seafood, and Chef-prepared signature recipes. This experience is rounded out by professionally designed floral arrangements, and a convenient selection of the highest quality grocery items. For more information about Gelson's, please visit http://www.gelsons.com.
SOURCE Gelson's Markets