Kinney Drugs names new VP of merchandising and supply chain

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GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — Kinney Drugs has named James Clapp as its vice president of merchandising and supply chain. Clapp comes to Kinney Drugs with decades of experience in sales, merchandising, distribution, and procurement.

James Klapp

Most recently, Clapp held leadership roles with Brookshire Grocery Company in Tyler, Texas and Rouse’s Markets in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Before that, he spent 25 years with SpartanNash, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. where his very first job was bagging groceries. He worked his way around the store until being promoted to Store Director. After mastering several positions in merchandising, sales, and supply chain, he was eventually promoted to Director of Center Store Merchandising.

With an eye on customers and patients first, Clapp will ensure that all Kinney stores will offer high-quality products at the right time to serve a wide variety of locations and communities. In his new role, Clapp will be responsible for developing and growing Kinney’s overall retail sales and profitability and work across all KPH corporate channels to create a consumer experience unmatched in Kinney markets.

“Jim is an innovator in merchandising and supply chain efforts and has and a wealth of consumer retail experience. He will bring a fresh perspective to Kinney as we rapidly expand our retail business,” said John Marraffa, president of Kinney Drugs. “We are very pleased to welcome him to the Kinney family.”

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., Clapp studied Business Administration at Cornerstone University and is a proud father of five children. His is a family of outdoor enthusiasts who are excited to relocate to the Northeast.


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