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Former A&P exec to head construction at Rite Aid
May 23rd, 2011
CAMP HILL, Pa. – David Kelly is slated to join Rite Aid Corp. at the end of this month as group vice president of construction.
Rite Aid said Monday that Kelly, previously senior vice president of real estate and development at regional food and drug retailer A&P, will have overall responsibility for all store planning and construction services.
He also play a key role in the Rite Aid's store segmentation initiatives, include wellness stores, value stores and co-branded Save-A-Lot/Rite Aid stores, the company noted.
Plans call for the 46-year-old Kelly to start at Rite Aid on May 31. He will report to Frank Vitrano, senior executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer at the drug chain, which has more than 4,700 stores 31 states.
"David brings over 25 years of vast development and real estate expertise to Rite Aid," Vitrano said in a statement. "His proven ability and experience with a diverse portfolio of retail projects will be a valuable asset to the company, especially as we continue to implement and grow our segmentation strategies."
According to Rite Aid, Kelly began his retail career as a construction project manager in 1987 at Pathmark Stores Inc., a $4 billion regional supermarket chain with a strong pharmacy business. At Pathmark, he held a variety of positions, including purchasing manager, director of purchasing and maintenance, and vice president of engineering and construction. In 2003, he was named senior vice president of engineering and construction, a post he held until Pathmark was sold to A&P in December 2007.