Effective May 2, Rich Bidinger has been promoted to Vice President of Construction, Real Estate and Store Operations Support. In this expanded role, Rich will oversee construction, real estate, store repair & maintenance, acquisition candidates and be responsible for all in-store leasing.

Rich was originally hired in 1976 as a grocery clerk at the Wadsworth location. Over the past 45 years, Rich has worked at several locations in many different roles. In 2006, Rich became Director of Operations.

Most recently, Rich was integral in providing support to the Service and Facilities Managers at each location in their area of responsibilities: Point of Sale, Customer Service Centers, Scan Coordinators, Sub Leases and Maintenance. Rich also plays a leadership role in developing processes, initiatives, equipment, design, management, shrink reduction, labor management and budgeting.

Rich has provided Buehler’s guidance and direction and helped to successfully navigate our company’s transition into an employee-owned ESOP company. His extensive retail knowledge and invaluable grocer experience has prepared him for his next leadership role at Buehler’s Fresh Foods.

“Rich’s success in this company is not surprising due to his enthusiasm and loyalty to our stores, employees and company brand. He is a testament as to what you can achieve with dedication” said Dan Shanahan, President and CEO of Buehler’s Fresh Foods.

Rich and his wife, Jane, reside in Medina.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.