Minneapolis-based retail and food distribution company Nash Finch has announced that William F. Harbecke has joined the firm as VP, real estate and will head the company’s real estate and construction areas.

President and CEO Ron Marshall welcomed the appointment: “We are delighted to welcome an individual with Bill’s knowledge of our industry. His more than 30 years in food, with more than 20 years in the real estate discipline, boosts our growth and expansion plans.”

Prior to joining Nash Finch, Harbecke spent virtually his entire career with Jewel Companies, American Stores and Albertson’s. He held numerous management positions over that time, gaining experience in national retailing, rural and urban markets, pharmaceutical development and regional expansion strategy.

Harbecke will report to Mike Mott, executive VP and president.