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•  Big Y Foods announced that Michael Cormier, the company's senior director of center store, has been promoted to the role of vice president of center store.

•  The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that "John Kelly, executive vice president of public affairs and social impact at Starbucks Corp., announced this week in a LinkedIn post that he was stepping down from the Seattle-based coffee chain.

"Kelly will take some time off and then be in an advisory role through the end of the year, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a letter to employees, which Kelly shared publicly on LinkedIn. His next endeavor will include work with Howard Schultz and Vivek Varma at the Emes Project as a senior advisor to Teneo, a global consulting firm … Gina Woods, who has been with Starbucks for nearly 16 years and currently serves as senior vice president of brand and reputation marketing, will act as interim leader while a replacement can be found for Kelly’s role."