Mark Gross


When Gross took over in February 2016—becoming Supervalu’s fourth CEO this decade—he inherited a company in a pickle. Keeping up with America’s ever-shifting grocery expectations has proven to be a struggle for the Eden Prairie-based distributor/retailer, as many of its retail channels, such as Cub Foods, are seeing declines in both customer visits and average basket sizes. As a turnaround effort, Gross is implementing a plan that includes more promotions and store upgrades. If it doesn’t pan out, observers expect sales of individual store brands or Supervalu’s entire retail business.