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Kroger announces retirement of King Soopers division president

KrogerThe Kroger Co. announced that Russ Dispense, president of the company's King Soopers division, plans to retire on July 1, after 51 years with the company.

Mr. Dispense began his career in the supermarket industry in 1965, when he joined King Soopers as a courtesy clerk. He served in various leadership positions in stores and district management through the years, as well as at warehouses, manufacturing plants and administrative offices.

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Mr. Dispense was promoted to vice president of retail operations and merchandising for the King Soopers division in 1983. He also served as vice president of real estate. In 1999, he was promoted to president of Smith's Food and Drug Stores in Salt Lake City. He was named to his current role as president of King Soopers/City Market division in 2001.

Mr. Dispense currently serves on the Board of Directors for Western Association of Food Chains, Children's Hospital Colorado, and the Colorado Health Foundation.

He has served as the Past Chairman of the Board for the Better Business Bureau, the Board of Directors for the Mountain States Employers Council, and the Rocky Mountain Food Dealers Association, as well as the State of Colorado Governor's Advisory Council.

He holds a degree in Business Administration from Western State College and is a graduate of the University of Southern California Food Industry Management Program.




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