CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. here on Thursday said Robert “Bob” Moeder, president of Kroger’s Central Division, plans to retire from the company this spring after 42 years.
“During his 42-year career, Bob has consistently demonstrated his passion for and commitment to our associates, our customers and our local communities,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer. “His improvement of our convenience store division and support on launching supermarket fuel has contributed to Kroger’s connection with customers and increased value for shareholders.”
Moeder began his career with Wichita, Kan.-based Dillon Cos. — now part of Kroger Co. — in 1971 working part-time for its Calhoun’s clothing division while attending college in Salina, Kan. He was named president of Calhoun’s in 1984. In 1985, he joined Kwik Shop, a convenience store division of the Dillons Co., as assistant director of operations. He became executive vice president of Kwik Shop in 1991, and he was promoted to vice president of convenience stores and Turkey Hill Dairy in 1995. In 1999, he was named corporate vice president of convenience stores, supermarket petroleum group and Turkey Hill Dairy. In 2006, he was promoted to serve in his current role as president of Central Division.
During his tenure at Kroger Central Division, Moeder oversaw a strategic restructuring of the division, including several store openings, expansions, remodels and closings, leading to almost $1 billion in store investments and nearly 2,000 new jobs. Under his leadership, the Central Division acquired Scott's Food & Pharmacy in Fort Wayne, Ind., and pursued a $105 million-plus capital investment project across the Fort Wayne region.
A successor as not yet been named, a Kroger spokesman told SN.
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