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Fresh Thyme Farmers Market bolsters executive leadership

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a full-service specialty retailer rapidly growing across the Midwest and focused on value-priced fresh, healthy and organic offerings, announced two newly filled roles: Dean Little has been promoted to chief operating officer and Tod Pepin joined the company as the new chief merchandising officer.freshthy

“As we continue our commitment to making fresh, organic food accessible to all, we are incredibly happy to promote and bring on these innovative leaders whose passion matches our own,” said Chris Sherrell, president and chief executive officer of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. “We are confident these talented executives will offer fresh ideas, deliver new innovations and lead the company to continued success.”

Little, who joined the Fresh Thyme team in 2017, has over 40 years of experience in the industry and previously served as the senior vice president of operations for Price Chopper. In his expanded role as chief operating officer, Little will continue to have oversight of store operations, new store development, asset protection and food safety, with the added responsibility of the company’s real estate, construction and distribution center operations.

Pepin will have oversight of all merchandising, marketing and pricing for the company.

With more than 25 years of experience in merchandising strategy, category management, replenishment and retail operations, Pepin brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Fresh Thyme. Previously he served as senior vice president of foods merchandising for Meijer. Pepin came to Meijer from Delhaize America, where he served as the senior vice president of merchandising governance, private brands and business planning. In this role, he oversaw consistency of execution, performance and accountability across all retail banners.