Southeastern Grocers removed the “interim” CEO title from Anthony Hucker.

"We are pleased to welcome Anthony as CEO of Southeastern Grocers as he was always part of our succession plan,” the company says in a prepared statement. “He has played an integral role in our successful transformation over the last 18 months and we are positive he is the right leader to guide SEG.”

Hucker had been interim CEO since July 1. Prior to joining Jacksonville, Fla.-based Southeastern Grocers, he’d worked for Schnucks, St. Louis; Giant Food, Washington, D.C.; Ahold USA, Wal-Mart and Aldi.

"I'm grateful to our leadership team for the smooth transition over the past six weeks and I’m excited for the opportunity to continue to drive the strategic direction of the company,” Hucker says in a statement.

Southeastern Grocers is the parent company of Bi-Lo, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie chains with more than 700 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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