Wilson Sawyer retired as president of Variety Wholesalers effective Feb. 5, the company announced Thursday.

“Wilson has been a critical part of our company,” said Art Pope, chairman of Variety Wholesalers, Inc. “His strategic leadership was crucial as we navigated the ever-changing retail climate. And he never lost sight of our customers and our promise to deliver great value and prices. We’re grateful for his service, friendship and dedication over these many years.”

Sawyer began his career with Variety Wholesalers in 1990. He was president and CEO of Maxway Stores, when Variety acquired the chain. Since then, Sawyer has held multiple roles — including president of Variety Stores and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Variety Wholesalers, Inc. Sawyer will remain on Variety’s board of directors and will assist the company in an advisory capacity.

Variety Wholesalers is headquartered in Henderson and operates nearly 400 discount stores in 17 states, under three main divisions that include the Roses, Maxway and Super 10 brands.

“I certainly will miss the great people I’ve worked with, both inside the company and our outside partners,” said Sawyer. “I’ve been fortunate to be involved in all facets of the business and have enjoyed the experience. But I am looking forward to the next chapter.”