PARSIPPANY, N.J. — AG Supermarket Holdings, parent of the Kings and Balducci’s chains, said Monday that Matt Cozza has been named vice president of real estate and business development.

Matt CozzaIn this new role, Cozza will oversee the engineering and maintenance team while spearheading the company’s aggressive growth strategy, which focuses on building and acquiring new stores while also enhancing its existing stores.

"We are thrilled to welcome Matt to our team," said Judy Spires, president and CEO of AG Supermarket Holdings. "The aggressive expansion plan for both our Kings and Balducci's brands is a top priority. With his proven track record of success, Matt will be instrumental in not only continuing to evolve our unique shopping experiences for our customers but also in bringing them to new communities and new shoppers. He brings a wealth of knowledge that will be incredibly valuable to our brands as we continue to build, buy and better our stores all along the East Coast."

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With more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience, Cozza has been involved with opening stores for companies in growth modes including Blockbuster Video, Rite Aid, Family Dollar and Kinney Drugs. Most recently, Cozza held the position of director of new store development with Fairway Markets.

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