Thrifty Foods Names Jim Dores New President

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Sobeys Inc. has appointed company and industry veteran Jim Dores president of its Thrifty Foods division. Dores takes over Feb. 1 from the retiring Milford Sorensen.

Dores joins Thrifty Foods as part of a planned transition from Sobeys in Ontario, where he was senior vice-president and general manager of the company’s community banner and wholesale business.

In a career spanning more than 35 years, Dores has held progressively senior leadership roles in marketing, merchandising, wholesale, and operations functions. In his most recent position, he led the realignment and growth of Sobeys’ 160-store Foodland banner as well as the growth of its important wholesale business in Ontario.

“Jim is a seasoned, highly qualified food retailer with a solid reputation in the industry, and is an absolutely great fit for Thrifty Foods,” says Sobeys Inc. president and CEO Bill McEwan. “We are delighted to have someone of Jim’s knowledge, experience, and proven capability to lead our important Thrifty Foods division.”

Dores will apply his experience and leadership, in conjunction with the Thrifty Foods management team and employees, to continue delivering the food shopping experience and connection with the community that customers have come to expect from Thrifty Foods.

Milford Sorensen joined Thrifty Foods in 2004 with more than 40 years in the Canadian retail grocery industry.

“Milford has played a critical role in driving the growth and development of the Thrifty Foods brand as the leading retailer on Vancouver Island,” says McEwan. “As Milford gets set to retire, he does so with the respect and gratitude of the entire Sobeys organization.”