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Date of Report (Date Earliest Event reported):
January 25, 2024

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Grocery Outlet Holding Corp.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
5650 Hollis Street,
Emeryville, California
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On January 25, 2024, Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. (the "Company" or "Grocery Outlet") issued a press release announcing the appointment of Ramesh Chikkala as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, effective January 22, 2024. In this newly created position, Mr. Chikkala will report to Robert J. Sheedy, Jr., the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Chikkala, age 59, previously served as a senior advisor to the operations, supply chain, and technology practices at A.T. Kearney, Inc., a global management consulting firm, from August 2019 to January 2024. From July 2006 to July 2019, Mr. Chikkala held several roles of increasing responsibility at Walmart Inc., a global omnichannel retailer, including as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain (Omnichannel) and Food Manufacturing (April 2013 to July 2019), Senior Vice President, Information Technology (January 2009 to March 2013), and Vice President, Information Technology (July 2006 to December 2008). In addition, he also held senior operations and supply chain roles at retailers including Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (2001 to 2006), Gap, Inc. (1997 to 2001) and Food Lion, LLC (1995 to 1996).
Mr. Chikkala currently serves as a Board director and member of the Audit Committee of Hibbett, Inc. (Nasdaq: HIBB), an athletic-inspired fashion retailer, since May 2022, and on an advisory board for Vorto, an AI-enabled autonomous supply chain platform, since April 2023. Previously he served as adjunct faculty at the Belk School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from August 2019 to December 2023, where he taught the core operations management course Mr. Chikkala holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Mumbai (India), and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Osmania University (India).
In connection with his appointment, Mr. Chikkala will:
receive an annual base salary of $500,000;
be eligible to receive an annual cash bonus (with a target bonus of 60% of his base salary);
be eligible to receive (i) annual equity grants under the Company's 2019 Incentive Plan (with a target grant value of 200% of his base salary, with 60% and 40% of the total equity grant value to be issued in performance stock units and restricted stock units ("RSUs"), respectively), and (ii) an additional new hire grant of RSUs with a grant value of $250,000, in each case as determined and approved by the Board or a committee thereof. All equity grants will be subject to the terms of the Company's 2019 Incentive Plan and the applicable award agreement; and
receive reimbursement of up to $6,000 per month for housing.
Mr. Chikkala's base salary, annual cash bonus and annual equity grants will all be prorated from the day he commences employment. In addition, Mr. Chikkala will participate in the Company's Executive Severance Plan. The Company and Mr. Chikkala will also enter into the Company's standard Indemnification Agreement.
Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On January 25, 2024, the Company issued a press release announcing Mr. Chikkala's appointment to the newly created role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the Company, effective January 22, 2024. A copy of the press release is attached to this report as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information in Item 7.01 of this current report on Form 8-K (including Exhibit 99.1 furnished herewith) shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit No.Description
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Grocery Outlet Holding Corp.
Date:January 25, 2024By:/s/ Luke D. Thompson
Name:Luke D. Thompson
Title:Senior Vice President, General
Counsel and Secretary


Exhibit 99.1

Grocery Outlet Appoints Ramesh Chikkala to Newly Created EVP, Chief Operations Officer Role
Chikkala to Lead Supply Chain and Business Technology
Emeryville, CA – January 25, 2024 – Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: GO) ("Grocery Outlet" or the "Company") announced that it has appointed Ramesh Chikkala to the newly created position of EVP, Chief Operations Officer, effective January 22, 2024. This strategic appointment marks a significant milestone as Grocery Outlet continues to scale its business and add additional supply chain and business technology experience to its organization. In this newly created COO position, Mr. Chikkala will lead the Company's Supply Chain and Business Technology functions, reporting to RJ Sheedy, President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Ramesh is an ideal fit for this new position with his extensive leadership and operating experience in both supply chain and technology," said Mr. Sheedy. "He has deep expertise in end-to-end supply chain transformation and business digitalization. This position represents continued investment in our business operations, which is critical to delivering our value proposition and supporting future revenue and profit growth."
"I am thrilled to join Grocery Outlet to help scale the business and deliver on the mission of Touching Lives for the Better." said Mr. Chikkala. "I am excited to work with an incredible team and with Grocery Outlet's Independent Operators to transform and further optimize our supply chain and business technology infrastructure to support long-term growth."
Mr. Chikkala's experience in retail and operations organizations includes 14 years at Walmart, Inc., where, as SVP, Global Supply Chain (Omnichannel) and Food Manufacturing, he led its global supply chain and manufacturing operations, and as SVP, Information Technology, he led the company's global technology organization. From 2001 to 2006, he was Vice President/Regional Vice President of Store Operations for Family Dollar Stores, Inc. He has also worked for Gap, Inc. and Food Lion, LLC in a mix of store operations, supply chain and technology roles. Most recently he has been a Senior Advisor to A.T. Kearney, Inc. in their Operations/Supply Chain/Technology and Consumer Industry & Retail Practice, while also teaching and serving on several company boards, including Hibbett, Inc.
Forward-Looking Statements:
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this release other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our future operating results and financial position, our business strategy and plans, market trends and leadership changes. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements, including: the availability and supply of opportunistic products and other trending products at attractive pricing; our ability to grow comparable store sales; risks related to new store growth and remodeled stores; inflation and other supply pricing impacts; the success of our brand and product marketing; failure to maintain our supply and distribution networks; risks to cash flows and liquidity; evolving retail competition, including online; catastrophic events and other factors discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and in other subsequent reports the Company files with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The Company's periodic filings are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.


Moreover, the Company operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment, and new risks emerge from time to time. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, and our expectations based on third-party information and projections are from sources that management believes to be reputable, the Company cannot guarantee that future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release or as of the date specified herein and the Company has based these forward-looking statements on current expectations and projections about future events and trends. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this news release or to conform these statements to actual results or revised expectations.
About Grocery Outlet:
Based in Emeryville, California, Grocery Outlet is a high-growth, extreme value retailer of quality, name-brand consumables and fresh products sold through a network of independently operated stores. Grocery Outlet has more than 460 stores in California, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Nevada, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio.
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