Jack DePeters to retire after 52 years at Wegmans

Jack DePeters to retire after 52 years at Wegmans

Jack DePeters, the most senior executive in the Wegmans corporation other than members of the family themselves, will retire at the end of 2019.

DePeters, senior vice president of store operations, began working for the grocery store chain 52 years ago when he was 16 years old. That first job was a part-time position at the former Midtown store. After graduating from St. John Fisher in 1973 with a degree in business administration, DePeters became a full-time employee at Wegmans and started an ascent through the store and corporate structure.

Wegmans' Jack DePeters. Photo supplied by Wegmans.
Wegmans’ Jack DePeters (Wegmans photo)

“Jack has played an immeasurable role in the success of our company by bringing our values to life and always putting people first,” says Danny Wegman, chairman.  “His career has set an example of continuous learning and leadership for the many generations that followed.”

In his long career, DePeters has been store manager, store buyer, head grocery buyer, director of Wegmans brand, and director of grocery, dairy and frozen. He was promoted to his current title in 1999. DePeters instituted the company’s “Ask Jack” program in which employees of any rank could send him questions about the company for an answer. Over the years, thousands of questions and his responses were shared companywide.

“When we listen to those closest to the work, we always find ways to get better,” DePeters said.

He has also been deeply involved in the community, serving on the United Way board for three years and now serving as chairman of the board of trustees at Fisher.

Bob Farr, who has worked for Wegmans since 1980, will take DePeter’s place. Farr has most recently worked as Virginia division manager and senior vice president.

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