After more than 47 years of service to Stater Bros. Markets, the company’s president and longtime food industry leader, George Frahm, has announced his plans to retire on Oct. 31, 2019.
“I have been blessed to work at Stater Bros. for my entire career and have had the opportunity to advance from entry-level positions to company president,” said Frahm, 66. “I look forward to spending more time with my wife Debbi and traveling."
Frahm’s extensive career with Stater Bros. Markets began in 1973 at the company’s Glendora location as a clerks' helper and janitor. He progressed through a range of store level, retail supervision and executive management roles to include vice president of labor relations, executive vice president retail operations/administration, and executive vice president administration/distribution before being named president.
“I appreciate George’s support throughout the course of our years working together. He has been a trusted advisor and will be missed,” said Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden.
Industry veteran Greg McNiff will succeed Frahm as president of Stater Bros. Markets. In his new role, McNiff will report directly to Van Helden.
McNiff’s grocery career spans 38 years, working 27 years in the Southern California marketplace. His grocery career began in 1981 as a Courtesy Clerk at a former Albertsons location in Cypress. He steadily worked his way up to several leadership and executive management roles across the organization before being named to division president of the company’s Portland Division, his most recent role.
“I have had the privilege of knowing George for many years through our affiliation in various food industry organizations and events,” said McNiff. “I have tremendous respect for George and his leadership style, and realize I have some huge shoes to fill. I look forward to joining the Stater Bros. ‘Family’, and returning back to Southern California."
Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately-owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County. The company operates 172 supermarkets, including several in Fontana.