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CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. here promoted Robert Moeder to president of its Indianapolis-based Central division, which includes Kroger, Hilander, Owen's and Pay Less stores in parts of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.
Moeder, who will assume his new duties next week, has held several leadership positions with Kroger, most recently as v.p. of convenience stores, supermarket petroleum, and Turkey Hill Dairy.
"Bob brings more than 30 years of retail and division management experience to his new position," said Don McGeorge, Kroger's president and c.o.o. "He has played an instrumental role in building our convenience store business and fuel business. We look forward to his significant contributions in the Central division."
Moeder, 54, began his career with Dillon Cos., Inc. in 1971, working part-time for its Calhoun's clothing division while attending college in Salina, Kan. He was eventually named president of Calhoun's in 1984 and has since held a number of positions with increasing responsibility. He succeeds Lisa Holsclaw, 46, who will join Kroger's corporate office as v.p. of drug, pharmacy, and general merchandise, which are "important and growing segments of Kroger's business," said McGeorge, adding, "Lisa's diverse experience will help us continue to expand offerings to customers."
In other Kroger news, a total 215 of its supermarkets are participating in this year's Produce for Kids (PFK) program that promotes the importance of adding more fruits and vegetables to children's daily diets, plus raises funds for Children's Miracle Network hospitals serving local communities. For more information on the program, see the online PG article "Giant-Carlisle Participating in Produce for Kids for Promotion," which ran May 15.
At the end of fiscal 2005, Kroger operated (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,507 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 31 states under two dozen local banners, including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith's and Smith's Marketplace, Fry's and Fry's Marketplace, Dillons, QFC, and City Market. Kroger also operated (either directly or through subsidiaries, franchise agreements, or operating agreements) 791 convenience stores, 428 fine jewelry stores, 579 supermarket fuel centers, and 42 food-processing plants.