COMMUNITY | Staff Reporter, Australia

Healthy Habits appoints new franchise portfolio manager

John Samartzis brings to Healthy Habits, part of the Dymocks Group, a wealth of experience serving as former regional general manager for David Jones.

His professional experience spans a number of decades, beginning as one of the first non-graduates to be taken up on Myer’s two years Graduate Management Program. He has over ten years experience in various executive and buying positions and an extensive and distinguished store management career including Regional General Manager of SA/WA/Vic for David Jones for seven years.

“John is an inspirational leader with sound management skills and a long and successful history of growing businesses in South Australia and Western Australia. John also has a strong background in managing strategic relationships to achieve profitable long-term partnerships and maximise market opportunities. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team,” said Don Grover, Dymocks CEO.

“I have already received many calls from leasing agents, shopping centre managers and potential franchisees with a high interest for this well known brand. The Healthy Habits brand has been strongly reinforced along the Eastern Seaboard for its quality and healthy product. I’ve been in the retail industry for decades and I am highly enthusiastic about expanding the Healthy Habits sandwich brand throughout Australia. I’m very passionate about this franchise as it doesn’t preach diet, but educates and encourages people to make a healthy meal choice”. Mr Samartzis explains.

Mr Samartzis’ strategic expansion plan includes new store openings in the Adelaide CBD, Henley Beach, Tea Tree Plaza, Marion, West Lakes, within major shopping centres and regional areas where he can match this franchise opportunity with suitable demographically identified areas. 

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