GC Buying Group announced that Karen Chandler has returned to the buying group as special projects coordinator. Chandler previously worked for GC as vendor coordinator and is the former owner of McKinney, TX-based Kitchenwares On The Square.
In her new role, Chandler’s primary focus at GC will be creating special programs for store and vendor members. This includes developing strategic partnerships to increase members’ profitability and competitive advantage.
According to GC, with broad experience in all areas of the independent kitchenware sector, including opening her own retail store, Chandler’s relationships and acute understanding of the industry will bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the buying group.
“With front line experience, Karen’s ability to see the business through the eye of the retailer will bring an additional element to our team that already includes longtime veteran Maryann Samsa,” said Janis Johnson, president and founder of GC Buying Group. “Karen is well positioned to vet various issues for both GC store and vendor members and we are quite enthusiastic to share experiences and learn from one another.”
Chandler worked as vendor coordinator for GC from 2008 to 2011. According to the organization, Chandler was a dynamic member of the team whose forward-thinking ideas and dedication to GC vendors resulted in the continuous optimization of effective GC programs.
“Being a store owner has given me an entirely new perspective and widened my understanding about the everyday triumphs and tribulations faced by independent retailers,” said Chandler. “I am proud and eager to return to GC able share my expertise with both store and vendor members.”