press release

May 6, 2015

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – GIANT/MARTIN’S announced today that John Ponnett is returning to GIANT/MARTIN'S as Senior Vice President of Operations. John served most recently as Vice President of Asset Protection at Ahold USA. He succeeds Larry Stover, who in March announced his retirement after 47 years of outstanding service to GIANT/MARTIN’S and its customers. Ponnett will transition into his new role and work side-by-side with Stover until Stover’s retirement in July.

Mr. Ponnett has worked with Ahold USA businesses for more than 27 years, including as Regional Vice President of Operations, Director of Fresh Sales & Marketing and District Director for GIANT/MARTIN’S. He was also a Store Manager in several GIANT/MARTIN’S stores in central Pennsylvania.

GIANT/MARTIN’S also announced today that Stacy Wiggins, one of the Division’s Regional Vice President of Operations, will be leaving GIANT/MARTIN’S to join the Stop & Shop New England Division as Senior Vice President of Operations. A search is underway for her replacement.

“We are extremely grateful for Larry’s extraordinary contributions to GIANT/MARTIN’S and, in John, are glad to have a tremendous leader to carry this work forward,” said Tom Lenkevich, President of GIANT/MARTIN’S. “We also appreciate Stacy’s great achievements for our Division, and wish her all the best in her new role with Stop & Shop New England.”


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.