Coborn taps retail veteran Keri Jones for its board of directors

Upper Midwest grocer Coborn’s had added Keri Jones, former CEO of womenswear retailer Christopher & Banks, to its board.

Coborn’s, based in St. Cloud, Minn., said Thursday that Jones, who brings decades of retail chain experience, began serving on the board May 24.

More recently, Jones (left picture) served as president and CEO of $350 million specialty womenswear retailer Christopher & Banks from 2018 to 2021. Coborn’s noted that she executed an 18-month turnaround for the company, reversing years of declining sales, losses and shrinking customer base with the launch of a business transformation that drove sales growth, expanded customer base and boosted earnings performance.

“As our organization continues to grow, we recognize Keri’s comprehensive and extensive retail experience and welcome her insight to our Board of Directors,” said Chris Coborn, President and CEO of Coborn’s , in a press release.

From 2017 to 2018, Jones was chief merchandiser at Dick’s Sporting Goods, where she developed several growth strategies for the $10 billion national retailer and drove key operational improvements, according to Coborn’s. This happened after 27 years at Target Corp. where, from 1989 to 2016, Jones held various positions in merchandising and operations, most recently as Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain, Executive Vice President of Merchandise Planning and Operations and senior vice president of health and beauty.

As executive vice president of global supply chain at Target, Jones led the mass merchant’s efforts to modernize its supply chain and played a pivotal role in accelerating the retail strategy. channel’s omnichannel and increased sales, Coborn noted.

She began her retail career in 1986 as a buyer at Foley’s Department Store, then part of May Department Store Co.

“Keri is an incredibly accomplished executive and brings a diverse background in retail, as well as significant assets in implementing best business practices that will benefit our company’s family of stores,” added Coborn.

Overall, Coborn’s operates 66 supermarkets in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods, Hornbacher’s and Tadych’s Marketplace banners. The company’s retail network also includes stand-alone convenience stores, liquor stores and pharmacies, for a total of approximately 200 outlets. Coborn’s also operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center.

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