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ShopRite owner names new EVP

Delaware Supermarkets Inc., a family-owned company that operates six ShopRite supermarkets in the state, announced that Melissa Kenny, the former director of sales and marketing, has been promoted to executive vice president, effective Jan. 1.  In her new role, Kenny will have direct oversight of operations, finance, human resources, marketing and loss prevention for the organization.shoprite

"Our entire company and family could not be more proud of Melissa's work and the role she has played in the success of our stores," said Chris Kenny, president and CEO of Delaware Supermarkets Inc. "As a second-generation grocer, she understands our market, our customers and what our work means to the communities we serve. There could not be a better person to lead our company into the future."

In addition to her new role as executive vice president, Kenny has also taken over responsibilities as vice president of real estate at First State Plaza in Stanton, DE, the shopping center where one of the Kenny Family ShopRites is located.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead, grow and represent Kenny Family ShopRites," said Melissa Kenny. "I want to thank my family and all our associates for their commitment to making our stores a great place to shop and a vehicle of economic growth in the communities where our stores operate. I look forward to continuing our tradition of providing sustainable stores, fresh and healthy food options, and a great shopping experience for our customers."

With more than 20 years of experience, Kenny has trained in each of the different departments in her family's stores and spent time in all management posts. She has worked closely over the years with her brother, Chris, and father, Bernie Kenny, as she learned every part of the supermarket business. Bernie Kenny founded the family company in 1995, and today serves as chairman of the board. He remains involved in day-to-day operations of the business as well as community events that help drive the success of the company.

Kenny also directed operations for a decade with Delaware Gourmet Catering, which partners with St. Anthony's City Fare Meals on Wheels program to prepare and deliver high-quality meals to thousands of low-income residents 365 days a year. She has helped organize successful events for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, which appointed her to its board of trustees in 2012, and served on the boards of directors for the Grand Opera House and Better Business Bureau of Delaware.

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