Springdale, Ark.-based Harps Food Stores Inc. opened its newest location at 301 W. Center in Greenwood, Ark., on April 27, making it the 12th Harps store in the Fort Smith metro area. The employee-owned company with stores in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas said in a statement that the 25,000-square-foot store will employ 18 part-time and 11 full-time employees.
Harps said the new location will offer fresh fruits and vegetables, including organics, along with Harps Black Angus beef, all-natural pork, and poultry; deli and signature bakery products; and other essential grocery items, including, health and beauty care, dairy and frozen. The store will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Earlier this year, the grocer announced several executive leadership changes. The grocer named J. Max Van Hoose president, overseeing store development, acquisitions, construction and real estate activities for Harps. “I am very happy to see this well-deserved promotion take place,” Kim Eskew, chairman and CEO of Harps, said in a statement.
Other recent top-level executive promotions within the company include the following directors to vice president roles: Robert Acord, VP of pharmacy: Layne Chastain, VP of meat and seafood; Mike Roberts, VP of produce, Hydie Hale, VP of bakery-deli; Shannon Kincade, VP of general merchandise; and Randall Harp, VP of distribution and grocery procurement.
Founded by Harvard and Floy Harp in Springdale, Ark., Harps has 135 stores and now employs more than 6,900 associates.