He succeeds Nick Bertram, who left Jewel-Osco to become senior vice president, store strategy and execution, for Ahold USA.
Rice has been with NAI and with the original Albertsons organization for more than 35 years. He previously was a store director in Southern California, district manager in both Florida and Las Vegas, vice president of the Northern California division and ultimately president of the Southwest division.
NAI is a division of Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons LLC.
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According to William Emmons, president of Jewel-Osco, "Jim's contributions to the retail industry have helped set the bar on operating standards, illustrating the highest expectations of quality merchandising and continually striving for what is best for our business and, most importantly, our customers. His years of experience, combined with his vast knowledge of operational opportunities, will be an invaluable asset to Jewel-Osco in mentoring and educating his team to reach levels of excellence that we are striving for.
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