Kroger said Monday that Lindholz, who has been The Little Clinic’s president since 2015, takes the Kroger pharmacy president reins from Philecia Avery, who resigned earlier this month to pursue other interests.
“Colleen is passionate about helping people live healthier lives,” Robert Clark, senior vice president of merchandising at Kroger, said in a statement. “Colleen’s leadership will help bring our pharmacy and The Little Clinic teams together to advance our mission to simplify health care and create solutions that combine health, wellness and nutrition for our customers.”
Lindholz came to Kroger in 1995 as a pharmacy intern in the Cincinnati/Dayton division. She held several leadership roles in pharmacy and human resources before being named to director of pharmacy sales and marketing at Kroger’s general office in 2013 and later The Little Clinic president in 2015.
“By bringing together these two closely-related teams, pharmacy and The Little Clinic will share common areas of expertise, support and learn from each other, and develop centers of excellence in our health and wellness organization,” Clark added. “This will allow for greater collaboration and give us the flexibility to meet the needs of our customers and associates today and in the future.”
Avery served as vice president of pharmacy for Kroger since March 2014. She began her career at Kroger in 1997 as a pharmacist in the Nashville Division. She was later promoted to pharmacy manager and then to pharmacy coordinator for the division. In 2007, she moved to Kroger’s general office, where she served in several roles of increasing responsibility, including manager of clinical services, manager of pharmacy benefit sales and services, and director of pharmacy operations.
Kroger is the nation’s sixth-largest retail pharmacy operator. The food and drug retailer has 2,255 in-store pharmacies in its 2,796 supermarkets under various banners in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The company also operates 220 retail health clinics.