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In a career spanning over 40 years, Hugh held senior executive positions with a number of national retail organizations, before establishing Hugh Large & Associates Inc. in 1990.
Extensive Experience with Major Canadian Retailers
His extensive retail management experience has included successful senior executive assignments with major Canadian retailers. These have included: Principal Buyer, Hudson's Bay Company, Director Creative Services and Director Merchandising, Beaver Lumber Company, Director Merchandising, Mac's Convenience Stores, Vice President of Operations, The UCS Group, and Vice President Store Operations, Becker's Milk.
Leading Canadian Expert - Convenience & Gas / Convenience
Over the past 20 years Hugh has become one of the leading Canadian experts in the growth and development of the Convenience and Gas / Convenience channel. He has been engaged on consulting projects with:
Canadian Tire Petroleum
Fas Gas Oil
North Atlantic Petroleum
VivaCorp Properties Inc.
and a wide variety of independent retailers.
These projects included assessing the strengths and weaknesses of existing offers, as well as providing layouts and merchandising direction for new stores and store renovations. His work has featured guiding the development and execution of convenience programs, including assortment planning, product procurement, and marketing and sales promotion programs.
Convenience Industry Expert
Hugh also provides advice and insight as a Convenience industry expert. He has served as a Contributing Editor and advisor to Your Convenience Manager magazine, and to the on-line publication, www.conveniencecentral.ca. He is an acknowledged expert in the convenience retail field and is a respected presenter on the subject at the Convenience U trade shows, company meetings, and to industry organizations. He also facilitates various Industry forums and events where his knowledge, warm personality and communication skills endear him to all his audiences.
Born and raised in B.C., Hugh has recently returned to his native province to reside in Victoria, both to better enjoy life and better serve the needs of the dynamic Convenience retailing channel in Western Canada.