For Target, it may be “cleanup in aisle” … well, scratch that. The whole grocery department.
Retail Dive reported Thursday (Nov. 3), quoting the Minneapolis Star Tribune, that Anne Dament, who had been in charge of Target’s grocery store unit, has left the building. Her tenure has been a brief one, lasting only a year and a half. The retailing giant confirmed the news and added that her last day will come on Nov. 18. Retail Dive offered up no additional details on reasons for the move but did say that Mark Tritton, Target’s chief merchandising officer, will take over Dament’s duties.
The website stated that Target has had a rough road in pursuit of perishables success, with losses coming in above the industry average. The firm has, notably, been assembling smaller retail teams to deal specifically with grocery issues on a per-store basis. Those teams consist of 10–60 staff members, depending on the location.
Dament is the latest high-profile Target defector, following, for example, Jason Goldberger, who was chief digital officer and who left in September. A few weeks earlier than that, CMO Jeff Jones left the retailer to become president at Uber.