New appointments at AJ’s Fine Foods & Food City reinforce grocer’s commitment to developing leaders and focuses on future growth of store brands
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Three new appointments within Bashas’ Family of Stores BB #:104559 are bolstering talent among the leadership teams at two of their brands, AJ’s Fine Foods and Food City. Each of these shifts play a key role in plans for future growth and reaffirms the overall commitment of The Raley’s Companies BB #:114741 to maintain and support the integrity and uniqueness of each store brand.
After nearly three decades of service, Jayson Mead has been named Vice President of AJ’s Fine Foods, while Gabe Flores brings 36 years of in-house knowledge to his new role as Director of Produce for AJ’s Fine Foods. At Food City, Jorge Alvarez will oversee the store’s infamous made-from-scratch tortilla operations as Director of Tortilleria.
“Jayson, Gabe and Jorge have each demonstrated decades of tenacity, growth and commitment to their respective roles within Bashas’,” said Edward “Trey” Basha, President of Bashas’. “Recognizing these talented leaders for their exceptional work ethic and loyalty reinforces the value we place on nurturing growth opportunities for ambitious team members.”
Mead has been with the grocer for 28 years, starting as a courtesy clerk in 1993 at the Bashas’ supermarket in Lake Havasu. Since then, he has held more than 10 different positions within the store and management team, from Cashier to Produce Clerk, Produce Manager, Store Director, Assistant Director of Operations, Director of Operations at AJ’s Fine Foods, and more. Most recently, Mead oversaw Deli, Bakery, Produce, and Meat for all formats.
As Vice President of AJ’s Fine Foods, Mead will be responsible for leading long-range strategy, brand positioning and performance for the brand. He will guide the AJ’s team to deliver a superior shopping experience and culinary adventure for guests as the AJ’s format prepares for future expansion.
When Flores first joined the Bashas’ team in 1986, he gained well-rounded exposure to the business as a Clerk in numerous departments, ultimately settling into a role as Produce Clerk. By 1990, he had earned his first promotion into management and served as Produce Manager for Bashas’ before becoming Produce and Floral Manager at AJ’s Fine Foods. Since then, he has held numerous roles in management and earned awards for his dedication to AJ’s, including Produce Manager of the Year in 1994 and 1999 and Store Director of the Year in 2004 and 2007.
Alvarez brings a blend of culinary, grocery and operational experience to his new role with Food City’s Tortilleria. His initial stint as Deli Clerk in 2011 quickly led to a training role, then a promotion to Deli Manager. He later was promoted to Deli Department Specialist/Merchandiser before earning his most recent position as Director of Deli/Food Service for Bashas’.
About Bashas’ Family of Stores
Bashas’ is a grocer that operates in Arizona, New Mexico, and four Tribal Nations under five well-known brands including Bashas’, Food City, AJ’s Fine Foods, Eddie’s Country Store, and Bashas’ Diné supermarkets. Founded in 1932, Bashas’ has a rich history of serving Arizona families with quality products and great customer service. With more than 110 grocery stores, Bashas’ is one of the largest employers in the state and one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona. Bashas’ has given back more than $100 million to the communities it serves. For more information, visit bashas.com. Bashas’ is a division of The Raley’s Companies.