Manchester-based NJL Consulting has recruited Nicole Johnson from Turley Associates as associate partner in its retail planning team.
The new appointment takes NJL's headcount to 14 and the firm said it plans further recruitment in the near future.
Johnson has worked on major food retail developments for Sainsbury's, in particular its recent store expansion in Cheadle.
At NJL, she will drive the expansion of the firm's retail planning client base. She said: "I'm very pleased to be joining NJL to assist with their growing portfolio of retail projects and hope that my particular experience of working with major food retailers and developers can add value to their already strong planning team."