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City Sports names Albertian CEO

Boston-based City Sports names Edward Albertian as president and CEO

The 21 store chain said Albertian had joined the company after serving the prior seven years as president and CEO of Trans National Group.

"I'm delighted to join the strong management team and dedicated employees of City Sports as we continue to bring the best in specialty athletic retail to consumers everywhere, said Albertian. "I look forward to enhancing all areas of our business, from merchandising and marketing to store operations, human resources and distribution as we continue to expand and enter new markets."

Prior to Trans National, Albertian was president and COO of C&S Wholesale Grocers, the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the country. Prior to that role he spent five years as COO of the Star Markets Company Inc. and he also served as SVP of retail operations at Staples.

"Ed Albertian is a proven retail veteran with an impressively stellar track record, and we are thrilled to add such a dynamic and success-oriented leader to the City Sports team," said Tom Stemberg, Managing General Partner of Highland Consumer Fund and former CEO and founder of Staples.

The addition of Albertian caps off a record growth year for City Sports, which launched four new retail locations in the past 12 months including stores in Burlington, Vt. and Wellesley, Mass.

Albertian's appointment follows the departure of City Sports’ previous president and CEO Jeff Connor, who resigned last month.

City Sports operates 21 metropolitan stores across the East Coast, with locations in Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Burlington, Vt.

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