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Supermarket Directors Institute

Successful people build successful futures

The changes in our economy, the competitive landscape and the challenges that lie ahead of today’s supermarket operators are formidable. To remain profitable and competitive in the marketplace, it is critical to enhance the management skills and food industry knowledge of current and future retail store owners, store directors and managers.

The Supermarket Director’s Institute is an intensive training program conducted at SUPERVALU’s headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  It is designed to prepare the participant for a more active, effective and responsible role in guiding the direction of store operations, and enhance the skills of store owners, directors and managers.

Online courses will supplement the classroom discussions, allowing participants to cover more valuable information in a condensed period of time. Assignments before and after classes will assist participants with implementing their new skills and knowledge.  Experts from various fields will be leading discussions on the most current trends, while food industry instructors will cover the steps necessary to apply the best-in-class practices. 

SDI - Location will will be at SUPERVALU headquarter's in Minnesota:

Week 1: January 28 - February 1, 2019

Week 2: February 25 - March 1, 2019

Week 3: March 25 - 29, 2019

Breaks between the three weeks will allow participants to apply what they have learned, and complete additional online classes designed to enhance the classroom experience.


Week 1: Analyzing financial reports

  • Record Keeping Reports
    • Gross Profit and Suggested Retail Pricing
    • Advertising Profit Control
    • Contribution Formula
    • Inventory Formula
    • Contribution to Overhead
  • MBTI Profile
  • Presentation Skills
  • Supermarket Security with live store assessment

Week 2: Consumer Marketing and Merchandising

  • Understanding consumer behavior and how it impacts your store
  • Visual Merchandising and Store Design Techniques
  • Managing Shrink
  • Live store assessment
  • Marketing and Merchandising

Week 3: Leadership Skills

  • Leadership and Innovation
  • Leadership Skills Application and Discussion
    • Recruiting and Engagement
    • Coaching and Feedback
    • Dealing with Conflict and Difficult people
    • Tour/Disscusion with Store Owner on culture
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Generational Issues

*Schedule is subject to change

Price and Registration

$3,750.00 per person. $750 is due at time of registration, refundable up to 21 days prior to the start of the class.  The remaining amount will be divided and billed in three payments on your statement following each week of training.

Click here to register.


Participation in The Store Director’s Institute includes:

  • Books, materials and graduation plaque
  • Access to over 4,000 online courses
  • Over 130 hours of professional instruction
  • Laptop computer if needed during training
  • Continental Breakfast, Lunch and graduation dinner provided
  • Negotiated discount rates at a local hotel

Participants will be responsible for their travel expenses including airfare, rental car, hotel and meals.   




I really took a lot away from this 3 week (SDI) program, and would recommend it to anyone. I think we have to work together for the future of our industry, and to be able to continue to compete with the other big chains and specialty stores throughout the country.

— Dan Knopp
Store Director
Grove City, PA County Market