Kroger Co. on Wednesday announced the retirement of Bruce Macaulay, president of the company’s Columbus division. Macaulay’s last day will be March 27.
Kroger said it would name a successor at a later date.
Macaulay joined the Cincinnati-based chain in 1973 as a part-time clerk in its Berwick store in Columbus while studying at Ohio State University, and entered the company’s management training program in 1979.
Through the years, Macaulay served in various roles, including co-manager, store manager, grocery merchandising and district manager. He also spent several years at the company’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, holding such positions as director of grocery merchandising, VP of grocery merchandising and procurement and group VP of grocery, drug/general merchandising, pharmacy and advertising. In addition, he worked in Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division.
In 2008, he was named to his current position as president of the Columbus division, where he oversees operations for 123 stores throughout northwest, southeast and central Ohio. Prior to that, he served as president of the Great Lakes Division, a merger of Kroger’s Michigan and Columbus divisions.
Kroger said Macaulay has always welcomed change and been passionate about growing the business. During his tenure, he was a leader in the development of category management, and led the consolidation of grocery merchandising to the corporate office. He played a key role in the merger of Fred Meyer. He led the Columbus division in opening the first concept Marketplace in a Kroger division in November of 2004.
“Bruce is an extraordinary leader and gentleman,” Mike Ellis, president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. “His passion for our associates, customers and the community have contributed to Kroger’s growth in countless ways. Bruce’s knowledge, compassion and guidance will be missed, but his legacy will continue within our industry, company and the community.”
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