March 6, 2017

SpartanNash CEO succession plan approved

SpartanNash Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors Dennis Eidson plans to retire as CEO following the annual meeting on May 23. David M. Staples, president and chief

Dennis Eidson

operating officer, will succeed Eidson as CEO.

Staples was appointed to the board of directors effective March 2. Eidson will continue in his role as chairman of the board following his retirement as CEO.

“Under Dennis’ guidance, the company has achieved remarkable success in executing its business strategies and leveraging the food distribution, retail, and military segments to achieve sustainable growth,” said Tim O’Donovan, lead director.

David Staples

“Dennis’ demonstrated leadership through the merger with Nash Finch Company and the successful integration of Spartan Stores and Nash Finch has positioned our company for continued success and growth.”

SpartanNash recently acquired Indianapolis-based Caito Foods Service and Blue Ribbon Transport.

Staples’ executive experience prior to becoming president and chief operating officer includes 16 years of service as the company’s chief financial officer. He is a certified public accountant, and he sits on the boards of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Symphony. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.