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Rodney McMullen

Kroger, Walgreens working on pilot program

Kroger, Walgreens working on pilot program

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Kroger Co. and Walgreens are teaming up to work on an exploratory pilot program with a new format and concept that combines Kroger’s role as America’s grocer and food authority with Walgreens global expertise in pharmacy, health and beauty. The two retail leaders have selected 13 Walgreens stores in Northern Kentucky, near

Executive changes at Kroger

Executive changes at Kroger

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co.’s Atlanta division president Bruce Lucia has announced his plans to retire, and the company has promoted Tim Brown, currently Cincinnati/Dayton division president, to succeed him. Additionally, Michigan division president Scott Hays has been promoted to president of the Cincinnati/Dayton division. Lucia, after 44 years of service, will step down September 1. “In his more than 40 years with Kroger, Bruce has

Kroger promotes Mike Donnelly to COO

Kroger promotes Mike Donnelly to COO

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has named Mike Donnelly as executive vice president and chief operating officer. The supermarket giant said Tuesday that Donnelly, currently executive vice president of merchandising, will start in the new post on Nov. 1. In the role, he will assume responsibility for both operations and merchandising. Donnelly succeeds Fred Morganthall, who

Kroger appoints group VP of retail operations

Kroger appoints group VP of retail operations

CINCINNATI — Mary Ellen Adcock has been promoted to group vice president of retail operations at The Kroger Co. The food and drug retailer said Wednesday that Adcock, currently vice president of operations for Kroger’s Columbus division, assumes the new position on May 16. She succeeds Marnette Perry, whose retirement was previously announced. “Mary Ellen brings

Fred Meyer to get new president

Fred Meyer to get new president

CINCINNATI — Lynn Gust is retiring from his post as president of Kroger Co.’s Fred Meyer Stores division and will be succeeded by Jeff Burt, president of Kroger’s Central division. Kroger said Tuesday that Gust is slated to retire effective Jan. 31. Based in Portland, Ore., Fred Meyer offers one-stop shopping, including pharmacies, at 132

Kroger to buy Roundy’s in $800 million deal

Kroger to buy Roundy’s in $800 million deal

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. plans to acquire food and drug retailer Roundy’s Inc. in a deal valued at about $800 million. Kroger said Wednesday that under the agreement it will buy all outstanding shares of Roundy’s for nearly $178 million in cash, or $3.60 per share, and assume Roundy’s $646 million in debt. Unanimously approved

Appointments strengthen Kroger’s senior leadership team

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has named four executive vice presidents to lead key parts of its business. Mike Donnelly is now EVP of merchandising, Chris Hjelm is EVP and chief information officer, Fred Morganthall is EVP of retail operations, and Mike Schlotman is EVP and chief financial officer. “This new organizational structure will help Kroger

Kroger promotes execs to lead key businesses

Kroger promotes execs to lead key businesses

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has promoted four executives — including its top merchant, retail operations chief, chief financial officer and chief information officer — to lead key lines of business. The food and drug retailer said Thursday that it has appointed Mike Donnelly as executive vice president of merchandising, Fred Morganthall as executive VP of

Ellis retires as president and COO of Kroger

Ellis retires as president and COO of Kroger

CINCINNATI – Kroger Co. announced that president and chief operating officer Mike Ellis has retired after four decades with the company. Ellis, 57, will be returning to Portland, Ore., the company said on Tuesday. Ellis started as a parcel clerk at a Fred Meyer store in 1975. Kroger acquired Fred Meyer in 1999. Ellis assumed

The Little Clinic earns Joint Commission Golden Seal

The Little Clinic earns Joint Commission Golden Seal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic has earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for the third straight time. A Kroger Co. subsidiary, the retail health clinic operator said Monday that it initially earned accreditation in 2009, followed by reaccreditation in 2012 and 2015. The reaccreditation process occurs every three years. In its certification

McMullen becomes Kroger chairman

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. chief executive officer Rodney McMullen assumed the additional title of chairman, succeeding David Dillon, on ­January 1. McMullen and Dillon are credited with developing a long-term price investment strategy as part of the chain’s Customer 1st initiative that has enabled Kroger to deliver sustainable business growth and shareholder returns, while saving