Giant of Landover is set to welcome a new division president, Anthony T. Hucker, the former Wal-Mart executive who helped roll out the mega-store’s compact urban format.
Hucker, who will take the helm on Oct. 3, replaces Don Sussman, who has served as interim president of the local division since the end of 2010. Sussman will resume his role as executive vice president of supply chain for Ahold USA, Giant’s parent company.
In his new role, Hucker will be charged with sales, operating profits and management of the 173 supermarkets, with 22,000 employees, in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District.
An industry veteran, Hucker brings more than 25 years of experience in retail operations. He joined Wal-Mart in 2004, most recently serving as corporate vice president and head of the company’s express division. During his time at the company, Wa-Mlmart grew its urban format, which includes a larger offering of groceries, to compete with the likes of CVS, Walgreens and...well, Giant.
In recent years, Wal-Mart and Target, having both expanded their food selection, have grown to rival the likes of Giant and Safeway. It may be no coincidence that Giant chose to snag one of Wal-Mart’s brightest.
Hucker, prior to joining the behemoth Walmart, spent 10 years at German grocer Aldi, a discount retailer known for its no-frills approach to supermarkets.