The Pantry Names Dickson Chairman

Supermarket exec replaces Holman; Schmidt succeeds Venezia on interim basis

The Pantry Kangaroo Express Convenience Stores Thomas W. "Tad" Dickson Harris Teeter

Thomas W. "Tad" Dickson

"Tad Dickson's significant executive retail experience in the southeastern U.S. makes him highly qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors," Holman, said in late January. "Through his longstanding career at and leadership of Harris Teeter, Tad has a deep understanding of our industry and the region in which we operate, as well as substantial public company board experience. We are delighted that Tad has agreed to serve, if elected, as a new, independent director on The Pantry's board and look forward to benefiting from his insights as we continue to position the Company for future growth and success."

In announcing Dickson's departure from Harris Teeter, Kroger CEO W. Rodney McMullen said: "Tad has done an outstanding job as the CEO for the past 16 years. During his tenure as CEO, the management team of Harris Teeter has more than doubled the sales of the company and increased the operating profit fourfold by building over 100 new stores, expanding into new markets and improving the overall operating performance of the company."

In other Pantry news, on an interim basis, Gordon Schmidt has succeeded Joe Venezia as senior vice president of operations for Kangaroo Express.

Venezia stepped down suddenly in February, joining Toys R Us & Babies R Us, Wayne, N.J. Previously, he was with Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo and Procter & Gamble. He has also served as a captain and company commander in the U.S. Army and received a Bronze Star for bravery during Operation Desert Storm.

Schmidt joined The Pantry in July 2013 as a division vice president. Previously, he was with Target and Kmart.

Based in Cary, N.C., The Pantry is a leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the country. As of April 3, 2014, the company operated 1,537 stores in 13 states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express, its primary operating banner. The Pantry's stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as fuel and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers