Acme Fresh Market officially has a new President, Nick Albrecht.
Albrecht, 42 years old, has been with the company for 15 years and previously was the Executive Vice President. He will replace past President Jim Trout, who will be become the Vice President of Special Projects.
Albrecht said in his 15 years with the company he has performed many different tasks in the store and at the corporate office.
“Nick Albrecht has 15 years of service with Acme Fresh Market,” Trout said in a statement. “Over that span of years Nick has developed excellent business judgment and a genuine talent for grocery retailing, Most important, Nick has a deep respect for our associates, customers, and our community. Acme has been feeding the families of our community for over 125 years, we do it with a sense of mission and great responsibility. Nick is just the person to continue to carry on our mission.”
Albrecht said he is still learning where all the knobs and dials are and which way to turn them.
“My predecessor left things in great shape,” Albrecht said.
Albrecht wants shopping at Acme to be the easiest place to shop for customers
“One thing I think we excel at is we have the best deals right inside the door in the front of the store,” Albrecht said. “I think that makes it easy for customers.”
Ordering online and having grocery pickup and delivery is something a segment of Acme customers want Albrecht said. He said this is something Acme will continue to invest in and make it easier to shop for groceries online.
In his 15 years working for Acme, he said what people purchase has changed as snack items have grown along with easy to consume items such as Acme’s Easy Meals.
Moving forward Albrecht said Acme will continue to strive on low prices, friendly people and fast checkout. He said the associates in each store are really dedicated to making a customer have a great shopping experience.
“No one has a better group of people than Acme Fresh Market,” Albrecht said.
He said Acme wants to grow in the future and any changes to the stores will be driven by what the customer wants.
“Being in the stores is critical,” Albrecht said. “We want to talk to the customers as well as the associates.”
Albrecht is a 1995 graduate of Firestone High School who went on and served as a Caption in the United States Army. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1999 and subsequently graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School, the U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer Basic Course and the U.S. Army Ranger School. He went on to complete U.S. Army Ranger School in 2000 and the Army selected him to become an officer of the Delta Battery, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. He served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Iraq and earned the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service while in Iraq.
Albrecht then attended the University Of Akron School Of Law as a part-time night student and graduated with honors and passed the bar in 2008.
He and his wife Anya live in Akron with their three children Quintin, Simone, and Vivian.
Albrecht said one of the challenges for him personally is when he is in the stores it is hard to turn down the fried chicken.
“I am aiming to eat more salads,” Albrecht said.
This story was also published in The Suburbanite. www.thesuburbanite.com