Giant Food welcomed Gordon Reid as its new president on Monday for its Landover-based operations. Reid has more than 30 years of retail experience.
Giant is one of Montgomery County’s largest employers, with 3,493 employees as of late last year, according to a state Department of Business and Economic Development survey. That was the most employees of any grocery store chain; Safeway was second with 1,423 workers.
The grocer has 27 stores in Montgomery, with the large majority having full-service pharmacies.
Reid, who could not be reached for comment on Monday, replaces Anthony Hucker, who resigned in mid-September after two years as president. Bhavdeep Singh, Ahold’s executive vice president of operations, has been interim president since then.
One issue facing Reid and other Giant leaders is a new employees contract. Representatives of Giant and Safeway are negotiating with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 on that contract.
A meeting is scheduled for Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C., that could include workers voting on a new proposal, according to the union’s website. UFCW Local 400 represents about 17,000 Giant and Safeway workers in the area.
Giant is dealing with competition from more non-unionized grocers, such as Harris Teeter, which has several stores in Montgomery, and Wegmans, which opened a store in Germantown in September.
Reid most recently was group director for commercial services of Dairy Farm International, which operates more than 5,600 supermarkets, 7-Eleven convenience stores, IKEA home furnishing outlets and other stores in Asia.
Reid also has been an executive with United Kingdom pharmacy chain Boots the Chemists and with grocer Tesco PLC. At the later company, he held international leadership roles in operations in Central Europe, China and India.
Giant’s Landover division operates 169 supermarkets in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, employing about 20,000 workers. All but 14 of those stores have a pharmacy.