CARLISLE, Pa. – The GIANT Co. today named Ted Williams as director of non-foods. Williams will be responsible for the categories of health and personal care, seasonal, general merchandise, pet supplies, candy, and baby care.
A 30-year industry veteran, Williams previously worked in Ahold USA as a category management business consultant. He also worked with Giant Food as the director of retail pricing and the director of grocery category management. Since then, he has been fine-tuning his skills in non-foods with retailers including CVS, Pathmark, and Rite Aid.
Most recently, Williams served as the chief operating officer at HLS-Higher Level Solutions, helping founder-led CPG companies develop their brand while launching into e-commerce and physical retail, GIANT said in a press release announcing the move.
Williams will report directly to Parag Shah, vice president, center store omnichannel merchandising.
GIANT, a unit of Ahold Delhaize USA, serves millions of shoppers across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and New Jersey through its more than 190 stores, 133 pharmacies, 107 fuel stations and 175 online pickup hubs. Its brands are GIANT, MARTIN’S, GIANT Heirloom Market, GIANT Direct and MARTIN’S Direct.