2023 Star Women in Convenience winner: Marietta Cini

Shining Star
Marietta Cini Senior director of store operations and development Hasty Market

Senior director of store operations and development

Hasty Market


How did you get into this industry?

Since I was a kid, I always wanted to run my own store. I started as an intern with Target. 

What do you like most about your job?

One day I’m in the field with my district manager team visiting stores, and the next day, I’m discussing strategy in a boardroom. 

What was the biggest challenge of your career?

In 2021, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I continued working through treatment and the HM leadership team and my own team were very supportive of my journey. They provided an environment where I could thrive during such a difficult time. I’m very grateful for them! 

What's the best advice you ever received?

To believe in myself.  

What's your proudest achievement?

Developing talent. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing individuals develop in their career and knowing you were part of their journey. 

What work-related accomplishment are you most proud of during the last year?

Growing the franchise banner at Hasty Market. Over the last few years, the HM team has done a good job scaling the franchise business with store formats that boast a robust fresh food offering, such as produce, deli, bakery and HMR. 

What excites you most about the future of this channel? 

The on-the-go customer has evolving needs, and the economic environment continues to be dynamic. I’m excited to see how companies navigate the operating landscape to deliver value and delight the consumer! 

How do you define yourself as a leader?

Authentic. I’m a big believer in servant leadership and hold myself accountable to its principles.  

What trend or innovation will shape the business in the next five years?

AI has and will continue to help teams strategize better and faster when it comes to assortment/space planning. AI will become increasingly more relevant in the store operations either at the check-outs or assisting stores with inventory management, productivity and security.



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