Named Person of the Year in 2017 by Accelerate America, he managed expansion of HC cases and adoption of cascade CO2 prototype at Target.
Paul Anderson, who led the Target discount chain to a massive expansion of propane display cases nationwide and the adoption of a CO2 cascade system as its prototype central system for new stores, announced in an email yesterday that he will be moving to San Antonio, Texas-based H.E. Butt (H-E-B) Grocery after more than 10 years at Target.
His last day at Target is January 18.
““[It’s] the most difficult career decision I have ever made.”
– Paul Anderson, on moving from Target to H-E-B
As Target’s sr. director, store design and engineering, he led the chain’s adoption of natural refrigerants, including propane self-contained cases at more than 1,000 of its 1,800+ stores, with more to come. In 2014, he announced that Target would use a hybrid CO2 cascade system as its prototype for its PFresh outlets.
H-E-B, which operates about 370 stores in Texas and Mexico, was one of the first food retailers to install propane cases at a store in Austin, Texas, in 2013.
In 2016, Target, led by Anderson, became a co-leader of the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s research project aimed at evaluating the fire hazard posed by up to 1,000 g of flammable refrigerants such as propane. Last June, he received Accelerate America magazine’s Person of the Year Award for advancing the adoption of natural refrigerants.
In his email announcement, Anderson described his decision to leave Target as “the most difficult career decision I have ever made.” And he thanked Target colleagues for their “friendship, support, guidance and trust over the last 10 years.”